Crews Rescue Saint Bernard from Ice Covered Lake

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Units were dispatched tonight to Woodglen Lake in the Fairfax Station area of the county for a dog that had fallen through the ice. Firefighters quickly arrived and observed a large Saint Bernard dog in the lake, approximately 30’ from shore. Rescuers quickly implemented a rescue plan while the medic units prepared for the dog’s removal. The dog was rescued from the freezing pond and placed in the medic unit for drying and re-warming. After approx. 30minutes the dog and owners were taken home and warming efforts continued. After rewarming the dog appears healthy and in no distress. Reportedly, the family was tubing down the hill toward the lake when the dog walked out on the ice.

At the time of rescue the temperature was 21 degrees with a wind chill of 8 degrees and blowing snow.
Please remember to stay off the ice.
Photos by Captain Burkhammer