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U.S. Coast Guard cutter crew rescues dog from frozen waters of Lake St. Clair

Dog was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard in frozen lake.
Dog was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard in frozen lake.
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A dog that was spotted and rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday is one lucky pooch. In fact, that is the name that they gave him after crew members of the cutter Bristol Bay pulled the dog to safety from the frozen waters. This amazing story was posted by the Detroit Free Press on March 5.

The Michigan-based crew members aboard the 140-foot tug that was made to break through the ice found the dog stuck in the middle of Lake St. Clair as they were on their way to rescue another ship that was stuck. These men took the time to save the cold and shivering canine from certain death.

They suspected that the pooch was out there at least a couple of days and had dug about three burrows in trying to keep warm. Once they gained his trust, the crew managed to get Lucky on a stretcher and pull him onto the ship. He was given plenty of food, water, and of course, lots of attention from the guys. He had some frostbite on his paws from the experience and was given some first aid for that.

C.O. John Henry told WXYZ that there was no hesitation on taking action to save the dog. This is what they do on a daily basis. The 8-year-old dog is certainly lucky to have been rescued by them or this story might not have had such a happy ending.

It was first reported that the dog appeared to be homeless. However, it turns out that this sweet guy had been missing since February and has been reunited with his owner.