Man falls through ice while trying to rescue dog
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:28:50 GMT —
A Wisconsin man fell through ice Friday while trying to rescue a dog that had fallen through as well.
According to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, around 4 p.m. on Friday, two dogs wandered into a private marina off of N. West Bay Shore Drive south of Omena.
A mastiff weighing approximately 100 pounds fell through the thin ice due to bubblers that were being used to prevent ice damage in the harbor.
The second dog, a pitbull-lab mix stayed on the shore and started barking.
Reverend Wayne DeVrou, of Oostburg, Wisconsin, was visiting his mother at her home across the road from the harbor. He was attempting to get cell-phone signal when he walked outside and across to the road. He then heard the smaller dog barking.
After seeing the large dog had fallen through the ice, DeVrou ran back across the street, got a rope and went back to rescue the dog.
He tried to reach the dog but broke through the ice and went into the water. DeVrou swam over to the dog, grabbed it by one of its front legs and dragged it to the edge and was able to climb out. He then pulled the dog out by its front legs.
DeVrou took both dogs across the road into his mother's home where they were dried and warmed.
Neither DeVrou, nor the mastiff, were hurt.
The dog's information and photos were posted to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office Facebook page to find the owner. A short time later, a Peshawbestown woman called to say the dogs belonged to her.