The Coast Guard in Michigan rescued a dog from icy waters after it fell into a channel between Lake Michigan and Betsie Lake.
Members of the Great Lakes Coast Guard were in the middle of a morning meeting on Tuesday when someone noticed a dog in the freezing cold water outside.
“The dog went straight down and was in the water,” boatswain mate third class Tim Putnam told NBC News. “We knew he wasn't getting out himself.”
The Coast Guard crew ran out to the lake, and Putnam quickly jumped in and swam about 200 feet in to rescue the dog. “I had to push a lot of the ice out of the way, it was pretty exhausting,” he said. “I could crawl on top of the ice for some of it, but it wasn’t stable.” Putnam said as he got closer, the dog began to make its way toward him.
“It was almost like he knew it was his last chance,” he said. “Luckily we got him out in time, it didn't look like he had too much left in him.”
Putnam used a rope to help bring the dog in, and he was able to get the dog safely out of the water in about 24 minutes total. Although the dog, nicknamed Betsie by Coast Guard members, was not chipped or wearing a collar, they were able to locate its owner and reunite the pair.
“Our crews stand ready to answer the call for help, even if it means crawling through 200 feet of slurpee-like ice,” the Coast Guard wrote on Facebook. “Station Frankfort's ice rescue team saved this dog from the water because a life is a life and they wanted to make sure that they were the ones taking the risk of going in instead of an unprepared bystander."