Lakeville firefighters share warning after ice rescue

Photo courtesy of Facebook/ Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department

LAKEVILLE, Ind.—Firefighters in Lakeville are warning community members of dangerous ice conditions after they rescued a man from icy water on Saturday.

Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department said in a post to its Facebook page that on December 26 around 3:30 p.m., the department was called to the 23000 block of Osborne Road for an ice rescue.

At the scene, firefighters found a man in the water who was trying to rescue his dog and ended up facing a life-threatening situation, the post said.

Rescuers were able to save the man but the dog died, officials said in the post.

In the post, firefighters included a warning about icy water conditions this winter.

“We cannot stress saying this enough, that walking out on unknown ice conditions is not safe. If you don't know the depth of the ice, don't go onto the surface. If you venture on it, wear a life jacket or flotation coat and carry ice hooks and rope gear. Be sure to let others know when you are going on ice and have them check in on you frequently,” the post said.  

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