Press Release: April 17, 2019

April 19, 2019 in Logs, News by Sharon Duffy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canaan Ice Rescue

Tuesday night April 16, 2019 at approximately 8:16 PM the Canaan Police
Department, Fire Department and Canaan Ambulance were dispatched to Canaan

Upon arrival, emergency responders learned that a dog had wondered about 75 feet out onto the thin ice and fell through. The owner, a 67-year-old male attempted to go out and rescue the dog and ultimately fell through the ice as well. At that point his 61-year-old wife attempted to rescue both of them in a canoe before becoming trapped in the ice herself. A neighbor heard screaming and called 911.

Members of the Canaan Emergency Services deployed a rescue sled and personnel in cold water survival suits at the scene. The emergency responders ultimately rescued both the male subject and the dog whom had been in the water for approximately 45 minutes. After rescuing the male and the dog, they then shifted their efforts to the female in the canoe. She was then rescued and brought back to shore uninjured. The male subject was transported to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. The dog was taken to a SAVES, a 24-hour emergency vet services in Lebanon where it is expected to make a full recovery.

The Canaan Fire Department and Canaan Ambulance were assisted by the Enfield Fire Department and a water rescue team comprised of the Lebanon Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department and the Hartford, Vermont Fire Department.
Emergency responders want to remind everyone that ice is very thin in spots and can be very deceptive.

AUTHORIZED –
WILLIAM BELLION
CANAAN FIRE CHIEF 603-523-4850
SAMUEL W. FRANK, II
CANAAN CHIEF OF POLICE 603.523.7400