A Newburgh, New York, family had much to be grateful for Thursday after two kid members of their family, who had been missing for approximately eight hours, were rescued from a huge pile of snow.
Police believe the two boys were able to survive thanks to an air pocket in the heavy, wet snow. Newburgh, in Orange County, is located about 60 miles north of New York City.
A search was called Wednesday night after the boys' parents became alarmed. The boys were found conscious, although suffering from exposure, when an officer spotted a small boot in the snow. The incident happened at a parking lot on Kenny Court, just across the street from their family home.
News 12 reported the boys are 9-year-old Elijah Martinez and 11-year-old Jason Martinez, and the incident happened at a parking lot on Kenny Court, just across the street from their family home.
According to ABC's "Good Morning America," neighbors came to help, some digging with shovels, others clawing at the snow with their bare hands. The boys were finally pulled from the snow at around 2 a.m. and taken to the hospital for observation.
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“As a parent, I was shocked and I was distraught because that could have been my son,” Takiaya Stevens, who witnessed the rescue, told GMA.
“What I [saw] last night showed common courtesy and decency. They ran to every neighbor in my complex to try to get shovels for these little kids.”
With reporting by the Associated Press.