FRANKFORT, Mich. (WOOD) — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard in northwest Michigan rescued a dog from icy waters Tuesday.
Around 9:45 a.m., according to a release, Coast Guard members noticed the dog jump into Betsie Bay near the Frankfort Shipping Channel in Benzie County’s Frankfort.
Wearing ice water rescue gear, Petty Officer 3rd Class Tim Putnam swam nearly 200 feet to get to the dog. Broken ice covering the bay made the going slow — it took Putnam about 20 minutes to reach the animal.
“When I got up to get close to the dog, I’d say about 10-15 feet, the dog would started coming towards me it was almost like the dog knew that he was being rescued,” Putnam told Traverse City NBC affiliate WPBN Tuesday.
Once Putnam had a firm hold on the dog, other Coast Guard members pulled Putnam back to shore.
The dog, which did not have a collar, was first taken to the Frankfort station boat house to be dried and warmed, then to the Animal Welfare League of Benzie County, where it was found to be healthy.
The dog was reunited with her owner Tuesday evening.
She had been about seven miles from home when she dumped into the bay.
The Coast Guard took the opportunity to remind pet owners to watch their animals closely around ice. The Benzie Animal Shelter advised micro-chipping dogs and making sure they are wearing ID tags with correct contact information.