This adorable yellow lab was out walking around in Betsie Bay in Frankfort, Michigan when it fell through thin ice. Stuck out in the frigid waters of Frankfort Harbor this pup was struggling to hold on, until one brave man stepped in.
Coast Guard members spotted the dog trying to stay afloat in the freezing waters. So, Petty Officer 3rd Class Tim Putnam did what no one else would do – he dove into the icy water of the harbor.
“Whether man or beast, our crews stand ready to answer the call for help, even if it means crawling through 200 feet of slurpee-like ice,” wrote the U.S. Coast Guard on their Great Lakes Facebook page.
This dangerous rescue is nothing short of heroic. Officer Putnam made the “exhausting feat” through 200 feet of icy water and pulled the dog and himself to safety. Once on land the crew was waiting for them with warm blankets and hugs.
Locals are rallying behind this valiant rescue team and can’t thank them enough for their service. If it weren’t for them, this picture taken from the Animal Welfare League of Benzie County’s Facebook page might not exist:
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