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Teens rescued from lake thank crews for rescuing them

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Chances are, by now you've seen the unbelievable photos of the two Show Low boys hanging onto a tree just feet above an icy lake. Now we're learning more about what those boys are doing to make up for their mistake.

You can call them the ice boys -- that's what Show Low Firefighters have dubbed Alex Orton and Christian Van Aller after the rescue seen round the world.

The photo of the teens clinging to that tree above Fool's Hollow Lake has gone viral. The boys admitted they were "dumb" for walking out there in the first place, but their actions, after they were rescued, show they're at least remorseful for the whole ordeal.

"Thank you so much for helping me and my friends get back safely to the ground," says Christian Van Aller.

The boys apologized publicly, with their parents standing by. Our camera and others were rolling.

"I am so sorry that because of my decision you had to risk your lives to save us," says Wesley Orton.

"I realize what could have happened, one of us could have fallen in. I'm very regretful," says Alex Orton.

The boys suffered minor hypothermia after spending four freezing hours hanging onto that tree. No rescuers were hurt, and that's where they could have left it, but the Orton boys and their friend Christian wanted to make sure their actions are not repeated by anyone who could end up with a much worse result.

"It was pretty intense and I hope he does understand that a little bit more, and believe me we've talked about it," says Jason Van Aller, Christian's father.

"I guilt tripped them completely. they understand how many people were involved, that there was a helicopter on standby from DPS that was coming in, I believe the count is over 25 people," says Kristen Orton, mother of Wesley and Alex.

For the parents of the "ice boys" it was important that they understood that their actions could have cost, not just their own lives, but the lives of those putting themselves in danger to save them. They learned a lesson and hope others will learn and stay safe.

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