Herkimer County Man and dog saved in ice rescue

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A man, a good Samaritan and a dog were saved in an ice rescue at the Hinkley Reservoir in Herkimer County on Saturday, Jan. 13.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a 59-year-old man from Cold Brook saw his dog fall through the ice and went after to save the dog in a kayak, which overturned.

Forest Ranger Bills said that when he arrived at 11:30 a.m., he found the man was rescued thanks to a 42-year-old good Samaritan from Cold Harbor who was there at the right place and the right time.

Ranger Bills said the man told him he was nearby and saw the dog and his owner before grabbing a kayak and rope to pull the dog’s owner to shore before going back to get the dog.

Courtesy of the NYSDEC

However, once the good Samaritan rescued the dog, he was so cold he couldn’t move. That’s when Ranger Bills put on ice rescue gear, bringing a personal floatation device to the rescuer, and hooked a rope onto the kayak.

Newport Fire Department and New York State Fire were then brought in and used water technicians and a rescue boat so the rescue crew could pull the second kayak safely ashore with the good Samaritan and the dog.

According to the DEC, the scene was clear after an hour at 12:30 p.m. The Barneveld and Poland Fire Departments also assisted in the rescue.

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