Woman falls through ice trying to rescue dog

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 10, 2012


A woman was treated for hypothermia after her poodle fell through the ice at Sylvan Glen Lake Park, near Rochester and Square Lake roads, and she attempted to rescue it.

Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the woman’s dog went out onto the ice at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 10 and fell through the ice off of the south shoreline. The woman fell through the ice when she tried to rescue the dog, Roberts said.

Residents near the park saw the woman and the dog in the icy water, and called 911.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and discovered the woman and dog struggling to stay afloat. After donning rescue suits, they tethered themselves to ropes, and pulled the woman to safety and grabbed the dog, Roberts said.

The woman was immediately turned over to EMS medics from Alliance Mobile Health for treatment for hypothermia, then was transported to a hospital.

The dog was turned over to the care of residents near the park. EMS workers also evaluated one police officer and one firefighter who went into the water to assist with the rescue; they were unhurt.

Roberts said a leash was found at the scene, but it was not clear if the dog had been on a leash when it went into the water.

He pointed out that while there was ice on the 16-acre lake, due to unseasonably warm temperatures, the ice was not sturdy. Roberts noted that firefighters performed an almost identical rescue at the same location three years ago in which the dog died. He urged residents not to venture onto the ice, to maintain control of their pets and consider all ice unsafe.