Monday, December 27, 2010

Dog and owner plucked from Schenectady park pond

By Paul Nelson, Times Union

City firefighters rescued a pit bull and its 17-year-old owner from an icy pond inside Vale Cemetary over the weekend, according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Fragomeni.
Shortly before noon Sunday, the teen was walking his dog, that was not on a leash, when the animal darted onto the ice after ducks.
The teen chased after the dog that ended up in icy water and got to the edge of the ice when it started to crack. He stayed put as about a dozen firefighters and rescue crews were summoned to the cemetery.
Two firefighters, in dry suits, which protects one against hypothermia, strapped to a harness and crawling next to a ladder, made it out about 100 feet to the trapped youngster. He was outfitted with a life preserver and harness and was able to crawl to safety.
The frightened dog that had started to swim away turned around, and firefighters snatched him.
"It worked like clockwork," said Fragomeni, of the ice rescue which lasted about 15 minutes. He said the teen and dog were doing well and urged people to be careful on waterways that may appear to be frozen.

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