A Labrador dog fell into the frigid waters of the channel to Betsie Lake at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 3.
The dog slipped through a fence on the south side of the channel before falling
Luckily, someone witnessed the Lab’s fall from the south side of the wall and called the Coast Guard.
Within minutes, Putnam, a boatswain mate third class, and another rescuer were getting into the icy channel in their ice rescue suits.
The dog rescue was challenging. The ice is chunky, and not solid, in the channel at this time. Putnam had to make his way about 200 feet to the south side of the channel.
“I was able to push the ice out of the way and move forward,” Putnam said.
“I could crawl on top of the ice for some of it, but it wasn’t stable,” he continued. “It took me a little while.”
The rescuers had the Lab out of the water within 24 minutes. They used a rope and help from other rescuers.
“You could tell she was ready to get out,” said Putnam. “She was pretty shook up.”
A worker at the Oliver Art Center captured part of the rescue on video.
The Labrador was taken to the Benzie County Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery, Putnam said.
If the owner is not found, Putnam will consider adopting her.
Source: M Live