US Coast Guard rescues dog that fell off pier into icy Lake Michigan
mlive.com January 26, 2024
(Tribune News Service) — A dog is expected to recover after it was rescued from an icy Lake Michigan harbor.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the rescue occurred after a dog fell off a pier near the Great Lakes Yacht Club in Kenosha Harbor at approximately 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
Kenosha Station’s ice rescue team immediately donned their personal protective equipment and assembled their ice rescue gear and responded to the scene.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Skala and Petty Officer Andrew Brewster were among those that were key in the rescue.
“She was struggling to swim between the ice floes in the harbor and couldn’t climb onto any of them,” Skala said. “She was in the water about 15 minutes before she was able to make it close enough for us to grab her.”
After calling the dog over to the pier, Skala leaned out over the edge into the water while Brester anchored his legs. Skala eventually pulled the dog safely out of the ice-filled water and onto the pier.
The ice rescue team quickly wrapped the dog in a wool warming blanket and checked for injuries before transporting her back to the station to warm up.
The dog was taken to the Kenosha Humane Society, where she was cared for and then released. They are now looking for the dog’s owner. Anyone who believes the dog is theirs is asked to contact USCG Station Kenosha at 262-657-4620.
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