Man rescued after falling through ice while saving dog

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 26, 2021

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man is recovering after falling through ice while saving his dog at a lake.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Papillion fire and police departments were called at 11:30 a.m. Friday after a 47-year-old man fell through the ice at Walnut Creek Lake. He was on the ice trying to rescue his dog, about 30 to 40 feet from shore.

The man was able to rescue the dog, which walked back to shore, but in the process, the man fell through the ice. A Sarpy County deputy was in the area and arrived to assist the man using search and rescue equipment.

Papillion Police Lt. Ray Higgins said bystanders estimated the man was in the water between five to 10 minutes prior to the deputy’s arrival. Higgins said the man was treated at the scene but opted not to go to a hospital.