Ice Rescue in Imlay Twp

PRESS RELEASE, for immediate release

Ice rescue in Imlay Twp

On 17 February 2012 at 7:56 PM, Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from an Imlay Twp residence requesting help for her husband. The caller stated their dog had fallen through the ice in the middle of their pond and her husband, who was trying to rescue the dog, had also broken through the thin ice.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept (LCSD), Lapeer County EMS (LC- EMS), Imlay City Fire Dept (ICFD) and Attica Twp FDs responded to the 2000 block of S. Van Dyke in Imlay Twp to rescue a human who had fallen through the ice. Due to the reported conditions, the LCSD dive team was also activated. LCSD Sgt Nesbit arrived within five (5) minutes of being dispatched and ICFD arrived shortly after. Attica Twp FD responded with their full complement of ice rescue equipment.

Upon arrival, the male homeowner was about 20 feet away from shore sitting on a pontoon pedal boat and the family dog was about 70 – 80 feet out in open water, surrounded by broken ice. Sgt Nesbit determined the homeowner was not in the water and out of immediate danger. Sgt Nesbit used a flat bottom rowboat to rescue the dog as fire fighters retrieved the homeowner from the pedal boat. The fire fighters then helped Sgt Nesbit get back to shore.

“This residence has a large pond beside and behind it. The homeowners had let their three (3) year old dog outside as they normally do. About 10 minutes later they heard a moaning wail from the dog and, using a flashlight, could see the dog’s eyes in the pond, struggling just above the ice line. The male homeowner tried to push his small pontoon pedal boat out to rescue the dog when he broke through the ice and fell into about 5 feet of water. The homeowner climbed up on the pedal boat but could not maneuver the boat due to the ice.” – ICFD Fire Chief Kip Reaves

Imlay City Fire fighters used ropes and slings to reach the pedal boat and pulled the boat and passenger, over the ice, to the shore. The homeowner was wet and very cold but not hurt. Both homeowners were checked over by LC – EMS. Sgt Nesbit had the dog in the boat but was still in the middle of the pond. One ICFD firefighter broke through the ice trying to throw a rope to Sgt Nesbit. That firefighter was unhurt but soaked. Using the rope he was trying to throw, firefighters pulled him into shore and put him into a warm fire truck.

Attica firefighters in ice rescue suits, took a retrieval rope out to the boat to assist getting the Sgt, the dog and the boat back to shore. About half way to the boat, the ice gave way and the Attica ice rescue firefighter then had to crawl and swim the rest of the way out to the boat. Once the row boat was secured by the rope, all were pulled back in by onshore firefighters.

“We had quite a conversation with the homeowner about thin ice and the recent tragedy at Stanton Lake in Arcadia Twp. The homeowner confided that he knew the dangers, but the dog is their pet and very important to them. That is quite understandable. Thanks to Attica Twp FD for having the right equipment and training to get the job done smoothly and safely, it all went well.” – ICFD Fire Chief Kip Reaves

We’d like to reiterate how unsafe the ice is right now. We need to be extra careful. Warn your children and watch your pets. Dogs have been known to chase squirrels onto the ice and skid right into open water or break through the ice.” – ICFD Fire Chief Kip Reaves

Authority – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves, 19 February 2012

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