Jogger Saves Man and Dog From Drowningthe daily dish
A passing jogger saved a man and his dog after both fell into Lake Michigan south of Montrose Harbor in Chicago, Ill. The man had jumped into the icy water after one of his three dogs fell in, WMAQ-TV reported.
Adam Dominik was jogging by the area when he heard dogs barking and followed the noise to find a man bobbing in the freezing lake with his dog in his arms. Lynn Gerhard, a cross-country skier, was already there and calling 911.
"His face was peering out. He was completely submerged, except for his face. I knew I had about two or three minutes before hypothermia set in and he went under, so I had Lynn keep talking to him and keep his spirits up," Dominik said.
Dominik found twine rope near a bird sanctuary and tried to use it to pull the man out from a distance of 10 feet.
"At first I threw the rope over him but the dog was kind of pulling on him with his weight pushing him under the water," Dominik said. "He kept saying, 'Save the dog first,' I kept saying, 'No, we're going to save your life first and then the dog, your life is more important,' but he insisted on pulling up the dog first."
Dominik was able to pull the man and his dog closer to the shoreline of the lake by the time police and firefighters arrived on the scene. They stepped in and brought the man and his dog back on dry land, but credit Dominik as the hero.
"He's responsible for a rescue here today," Officer Kevin Kelly said. "He did a great job. He was able to pull that victim close to the shoreline, and that allowed us to get our rescue sling down to him and work as a group to get that person up, and then it was a long trek from that shoreline up to the ambulance here."
The man was transferred to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The dog is also expected to survive.
Officials are concerned about this happening to others who may be walking near icy waters with their dogs, especially in the current frigid weather sweeping the nation.
"If a dog goes in the water, call 911 and we'll come and get you, don't go in yourself," said Ron Dornecker of the Chicago Fire Department.
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