Puppy saved in East Greenwich after falling through ice
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WJAR) —
Firefighters in East Greenwich are being praised for saving a puppy that fell through the ice on the bay off of Scalloptown Park on Friday afternoon.
Lt. Mert Greene went into the frigid waters and swam out to the puppy, which had been in the water for more than 20 minutes.
“I went right in and we got the dog within seven minutes from being on scene,” Greene told NBC 10 News.
Greene said the puppy struggled initially, but as his body temperature fell, so did his strength. Once he was taken out of the water, the dog was wrapped in a blanket and taken to a rescue vehicle to warm up for about 10 minutes before being released to his owner.
"He knew I was there to help him,” Greene said. “I got him on my shoulders, got him in and he was good to go."
Firefighters warn that ice is dangerous this time of year, and you need to be careful when you're around it. They say if you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t go into the ice yourself. Call for help immediately. This is better than putting more than one person in danger.
"The best thing is to stay away from the ice in the ocean area because the water is always moving underneath, so it's not always going to be solid anyway,” said Greene. “This time of year especially, even though it's cold, you're getting some thawing and when the ice is wet it's even slippery."