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Dog Gets Rescue After Drifting Away On Ice Patch

by Katherine

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On April 6, 2014, a dog from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, needed to be rescued after it hopped on an ice patch and drifted away into the bay.

A local resident saw the dog floating away and called authorities around 1:30 p.m. requesting help. The Conne River Fire Department dispatched a rescue team and the hero men worked to get the canine back on safe land.

Photo Credit: Cindy Cox/TC Media
Photo Credit: Cindy Cox/TC Media


“We realized it was in a tough spot with the water being so cold and with the falling tide only a few minutes away,” Fire Chief Bob Benoit told Nova News Now.

Benoit and firefighter volunteers Calvin John, Cyrus Lambert and Dan McDonald, worked for over 30 minutes to rescue the dog. They used cold-water immersion suits and a rescue board to reach the pet, but once they reached the canine, the dog was too scared to jump onto the board. That’s when rescuers decided to drag the ice patch back to shore.

Once back on safe land the dog was reunited with its owner, Duane Joe. The dog was a bit shaken but it did not suffer any injuries.