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Dog helps rescue owner from Holmes Lake

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Posted By:  Camila Orti

A woman is rescued from the ice after two engineers doing routine checks see her in the water.

With the help of a furry friend, she is now safe and sound.

"I thank god that we saw her when we did," Ray Frana with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

A morning dog walk at Holmes Lake turns into a nightmare. A dog named Sparky ran out onto the ice and fell through. His owner went after him, but before she knew it, her life was now in grave danger.

"She went in to save him and she actually busted through the ice," Frana said.

She became trapped in the frigid water.

Luckily, Army Corps engineers Frana and Steve Dye were doing their monthly checks. They were driving across the top of the dam when they happened to see her splashing in the lake.

"Nobody could hear her yelling," Frana said.

He says the problem was getting her out without falling through the ice themselves, and doing it quickly. By the time they got down to her, she'd been in the water a few minutes.

"She was holding' on to the ice pretty hard, she was starting to get weak from hypothermia," Frana said.

A rope in the back of their truck, some quick thinking and an unexpected hero led to the answer.

"We put the rope under his collar and she called the dog and it got the rope to her," Frana said.

If it weren't for Sparky, the men say they wouldn't have been able to get the rope to the woman and pull her to safety.

"If it wasn't for this one, it wouldn't have happened," Frana said.

The woman is doing fine. She was taken to the hospital in non–life–threatening condition.

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