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Officer enlists Michigan man’s dog to help rescue him from icy lake

By Associated Press
Published: January 26, 2024, 6:04am
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In this image taken from video provided by Michigan State Police, officers work to extricate a man from the waters of frozen Arbutus Lake in Grand Traverse County, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. The man was rescued after a quick-thinking state police officer used the stranded man&rsquo;s dog to get rescue equipment to him and pull the man to safety in a rescue captured on video.
In this image taken from video provided by Michigan State Police, officers work to extricate a man from the waters of frozen Arbutus Lake in Grand Traverse County, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. The man was rescued after a quick-thinking state police officer used the stranded man’s dog to get rescue equipment to him and pull the man to safety in a rescue captured on video. (Michigan State Police via AP) (Michigan State Police) Photo Gallery

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A man who fell through the ice on a frozen Michigan lake was rescued after a quick-thinking state police officer used the stranded man’s dog to get rescue equipment to him and pull the man to safety.

Bystanders called 911 last week after the 65-year-old Traverse City man fell through ice-covered Arbutus Lake, state police said.

The body camera worn by Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer Kammeron Bennetts captured the rescue, initially showing the man trapped in frigid waters with just his head and shoulders above the thin ice, and his dog standing at his side.

It shows Bennetts first trying to throw a rescue disc tethered to a rope out to the man. When it fails, Bennetts asks the man to send his dog to him. “Send your pup here. Will she come to me?” he yells to the man, who replies that his dog’s name is Ruby.

“Ruby come here! Come here Ruby!” Bennetts shouts in the video before whistling for the canine, which runs to him and arrives tail wagging.

The officer ties the rescue disc to the dog’s collar and asks the man to call Ruby back to him. When she returns to her owner, Bennetts tells the man to take the disc from Ruby and to start kicking.

“Bring your feet up to the surface by kicking your feet!” he yells, pulling the man onto the lake’s surface and urging him to hold onto the disc as he keeps pulling. Bennetts and a local firefighter are then able to grab his arms to complete the rescue.

Police said the man was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

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