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Man who was kayaking dies in an attempt to save his dog

A man drowned trying to save his dog/NOT the man from this story
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According to Sunday's Columbus-Dispatch, the body of a young man, who died while trying to rescue his dog, was recovered from Metro Park Lake in Ohio yesterday.

Kyle Miller, 21, had been kayaking on the lake with his dog on Saturday morning when tragedy struck. Miller's dog, described as a poodle, had been in the kayak, but went overboard.

While attempting to save his dog from the frigid water, Miller entered the water; unfortunately, he was not wearing a life vest and the bitterly cold water proved fatal.

Miller's friend, Austin Gifford, who was also kayaking at the time, also entered the water, but he managed to swim to shore for help.

The frigid water claimed Miller's life before help could arrive.

The dog who Miller attempted to save also perished in the lake.

According to the Dispatch, Miller was known to be an animal lover and he had volunteered to spend part of his spring break working at the Ohio Wildlife Center; he aspired to someday work with wildlife in Alaska.

Professor Anna Young of Otterbein University, where Miller attended college, told the Dispatch:

He had such a big heart for animals’ welfare,

Kyle was always so calm and had such kind eyes. He would have been an excellent ambassador for wildlife. It’s tragedy to lose someone so young and passionate.”

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