A Columbus firefighter performed an ice water rescue to save a dog who had wandered from its owner.
At 1:47 p.m. Saturday, emergency responders were dispatched to 311 Sunset Drive after the dog’s owner called 911. Firefighters arrived on the scene wearing ice rescue suits, according to a media release.
Greg Jones, 213 Newsom Ave., told firefighters that his 3-year-old male Border Collie, Lane, had wandered off. Jones said that Lane was previously a farm dog and is adjusting to the neighborhood, the release said. He had driven his vehicle around the neighborhood and spotted Lane in the water. Jones told firefighters that he called 911 and attempted to use a neighbor’s paddle boat to reach the dog, the release said.
Daniel Wingham, one of three new Columbus firefighters, entered the icy water to rescue Lane. Wingham, who was tethered to a shore safety line, said that when he reached Lane the dog was calm but clinging to the ice. Wingham signaled to the shore that he had executed the rescue and firefighters pulled the two back to shore. Jones safely returned the paddle boat to shore, the release said.
The dog showed signs of mild hypothermia as he greeted the crowd of neighbors that had gathered. Jones said that Lane may have been in the water for up to 15 minutes before being rescued.
Firefighters have used ice rescue equipment to save pets previously. In February 2013, Columbus firefighters saved a 7-year-old golden retriever, Nala, from drowning after she had fallen through the ice on Tipton Lake.
Also assisting at the scene were Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Regional Health Ambulance Service.