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Alaska firefighters rescue dog from frozen river

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It was definitely a lucky day on Wednesday for a mixed breed dog who somehow escaped from a parked car in a nearby shopping center to find herself trapped in the middle of the China River in Fairbanks reported the Newsminer.com.

Nevertheless, two University of Alaska Fairbanks firefighters came to the aid of the scared pooch who reportedly had been trapped along the icy river for at least three hours. A passerby spotted the dog and called Animal Control.

As Animal Control Officer Kiffiny Bailey assessed the situation, she called the UAF fire department knowing they had the equipment to do an ice and water rescue.

The two firemen donned cold water wet suits and with an inflatable raft and a safety rope crawled out onto the ice. When they reached the very friendly dog, she was carefully placed in the raft and towed back to shore.

Battalion Chief Pat Mead stated it was a great practice exercise as that is the standard procedure for human rescue also.

The dog's owner has been notified, however has not been present at Animal Control yet to reclaim her dog.

Many thanks to the firefighters at UAF for the happy rescue story.

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