Woman, Dogs Rescued From Freezing Scallop Pond

Victim fell through ice while saving a dog that walked out onto the pond.

A woman stepped out onto a freezing pond in North Sea Friday morning to save a dog and fell through the ice herself — but North Sea Fire Department volunteers pulled her out of the water before the situation turned tragic.

The victim was in the frigid water of Scallop Pond up to her shoulders, about 50 feet offshore. "She was able to stand on the bottom, but she could not get herself out," North Sea Fire Chief William Rosko Jr. said.

The victim had been with two other women, walking a group of about 15 dogs, Rosko said. "When they let the dogs out to run here, one of the dogs went out onto the ice, and when she went to get the dog out, she became a victim."

One of the other dog walkers called 911.

"The call came in at 8:31, and the two chiefs were on scene within seven minutes," Rosko said. "Our first heavy rescue unit, with ice rescue personnel, was on scene within 11 minutes of the initial call."

He said two firefighters went out on the ice to get the woman out of the water — and one of them got in the water with her. "There was another dog trapped in the ice," he added. "We had another two units go get the dog."

The rescue was complete within 20 minutes of the call, Rosko said.

Rosko said the victim was not showing signs of hypothermia, though she had been in the water 15 or 20 minutes.

The rescue personnel warmed up in the back of the heavy rescue truck, and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance arrived to treat the victim, he said.

North Sea Fire Department had 30 members on scene, and Southampton Fire Department was also called in for extra personnel.

"All this water was all solid ice," Rosko said, indicating the area of the pond where the victim had fallen through. "The tide changed over probably 10 minutes after we got them out of the water, and all this ice opened up into open water. She could have got swept into the deeper water if we hadn't been so fast with getting her out."

"The police and fire department did a wonderful job," the victim said, after she was finished warming up in an ambulance and getting dry. She did not give her name.

Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 03:09 PM
ok, so... a dog was on the ice and this sparked a genius to go out on the ice after it? great job saving a stupid person. too bad we can protect all the idiots from themselves. good job on this one.
Dafsgirl January 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Dear Hope and Change. Since you weren't there and don't know the actual story, why don't you reserve comment. Would you really walk away and leave your dog to die rather than try and rescue it?
Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Dafsgirl, If you have a dog and you call for it to come to you and it doesn't, its really not your dog. your "leave it to die" comment is very dramatic. ... but, since you obviously were there since you commented, why dont you tell us what really happened.
Juss Bean Honest January 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Sounds like a great job by her friends and rescuers. Any human who can be in freezing water for 15 minutes and not have hypothermia sounds awesome to me.
Raylar January 25, 2013 at 04:34 PM
100% of the readers will look at these new comments of yours, Hope and Change, and find reaffirmation in the notion that you are a complete a'hole.
jasminetea January 25, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Yes, it's obvious you are all for Hope and Change.
Dafsgirl January 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
She is awesome, and any dog in her care is one lucky animal.
Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM
just dont walk on the ice with her. besides that she's awsome...
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 05:44 PM
An earlier version of the article stated that the victim was warmed in the heavy rescue truck. In fact, the chief said the rescue units warmed up in the truck. The article has been updated to reflect that. The woman was treated by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance.
highhatsize January 25, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Nice work, first responders! Raylar, you are right on the money.
Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 06:48 PM
mermaid January 25, 2013 at 07:10 PM
The woman who went into the water in this weather is one strong, determined woman. I'd give her my dog any time! She is brave!
Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM
do it. then let her take it for a wlk over by scallop pond.
Hope and Change January 25, 2013 at 07:25 PM
y'all just hatin on me cauz im black!
Dafsgirl January 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM
She's been taking care of my dogs for 15 years, and I trust her implicitly. She's cool in a crisis, and when something unforeseen happens -- as it did today -- she does what she needs to do to keep her charges safe. It was truly unfortunate that this situation required the assistance of NSFD et al, but every fireman, police officer and ambulance personnel on scene was kind, professional and courageous. We are blessed to have these wonderful people in our community.
Patrice Dalton January 25, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Many thanks to the first responders. Anyone of us can get into trouble at any time, and you are always there for us!
mike andersen January 25, 2013 at 09:46 PM
OMG cause your black?? Wow ..kuudos to the women...and theNSFD..thanks for being there.....
Munchkin Man January 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM
We are glad our friend who has dedicated her life to taking care of animals is safe and was brave enough to jump in to rescue the dog. To know her is to love her. She is one of the kindest and most thoughtful women I know. I guess all those years doing the " polar plunge" came in handy. She should receive only praise no insults. Thank you to the rescue team too ! You deserve praise also.
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Hope and change, mommy and daddy not live you enough?
Jerry Can January 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM
All is well that ends well. Great job by the first responders and compassion by the Lady.
GOLD FINGER January 26, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I can feel the love in the room it's all around. Peace
Ladyguadelupe January 26, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Hope n Change is just being straight forward and to the point, a bit sarcastic for some, I find him refreshing. He is the voice of reason. But most of you want things to be candy coated. When we put ourselves in danger on purpose because we do not THINK THINGS THROUGH..we put others in danger. I believe that is the point our black friend was trying to prove. Anyone watching my dog must have them on a leash. But that's me. And I believe on one dog at a time sorry. That's what arf does.
WowieHowie January 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM
You like someone who is straight forward and to the point? Here ya go, you too are a complete imbecile. Your post is breathlessly ridiculous. Why don't you, "your black friend" and your absolute nonsense find another story to pollute. Gracia mi amiga.
Lester Licher January 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM
What was the doggie's name?
Ladyguadelupe January 27, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Howie(nice ?) 1.soy blanca, no soy Hispaniola (So you can't hate me for that !!lmao!) 2.hope n change was playing Satire when he said 'y'all are hating on me cuz I'm black'...get it? 3. I am one that may be there to save your life one day you imbecile ( as you put it) , so I suggest bluntly, don't put more of our people in danger because of stupidity. ......Think 1st amendment rights. . Not only Libertards can post here!!!!!!!!!!!! And gracias is spelled with an 's' at the end.
WowieHowie January 27, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Please turn in your walkie talkie and special symbols that have overinflated your ego. I have just outted you as not being qualified, mature, sensitive or sufficiently trained enough to be within 1000 miles of a rescue site
WowieHowie January 27, 2013 at 09:44 AM
To think that you possess disdain for a subject of a rescue is alarming and needs to be brought to the attention of the mayor, the trustees and your fellow volunteers who would be at risk due to your dangerous attitude. Please do what is right and resign immediately.
Hope and Change January 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Hmmmm.... really not about a dog is it?
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Hey, hope and change, you spelled guadalupe wrong when you created your alter ego.


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