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SOUTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE: 

Police have identified the man who died after falling through the ice on Coro Lake.

24-year-old Phillip Harpe fell in while walking on the partially frozen lake yesterday afternoon with his 21-year-old brother.

Harpe's brother crawled to police when they arrived but Harpe had to be pulled out by rescue boats. He later died at The Med.

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One of the two men who fell through the ice while walking on Coro Lake in South Memphis died a short time later after being pulled from the icy water, a Memphis Police spokeswoman said.

The victim was identified as 24-year-old Phillip Harpe. The other man is 21 and he walked away.

MORE: Two men fall through ice on Coro Lake

These men were in the icy water for a long time, but these first responders would not give up as they were scrambling to get them out.

Rescuers pulled the man from the water about 45 minutes after he fell through the ice. Firefighters and police officers hauled the boat back to shore as fast as they could.

They got him up on a stretcher, ran him to an ambulance, and rushed him to The MED.

"That was some heroic stuff, yeah, cause they was ready to go in," said Daniel May, witness.

May saw the rescue from his aunt's house on Coro Lake. He captured cellphone video when the rescuers first went in the water.

May said his cellphone video showed first responders slamming oars into the ice, breaking their way out to the center of the cove. The two men fell through the ice out there.
 
When it happened another neighbor went out with a boat to try to help.

"We came outside, we saw one person stuck in the boat and another person lying across the ice on his stomach," May said.

Police officers on the scene helped rescue that man, a 51-year-old. The two other men, both in their 20s, were out walking on the frozen lake.

"I was wondering why they out there on a boat this time of the year on the ice," said witness John Morgan, who was outside when it happened.

Firefighters commandeered Morgan's boat for the rescue. Rescuers were using whatever they could. A team coming in from the other side of the lake didn't even have oars as they were using a shovel and a roof panel.

The men were in the frigid water for awhile, but rescuers didn't give up looking for them. They eventually got them both out.

"They did very good they did the best they could do," Morgan said.

The victim who died was in the icy water for nearly 20 minutes. He was pronounced dead at The MED, while the other man was treated for exposure on the scene.

Firefighters out on the water didn't have any specialized cold weather gear on, just life vests. It was a very dangerous situation for them and they didn't waste anytime heading out on the water.

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