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Inverness Ice Rescue
Posted On: Dec 12, 2019

At 3:43 p.m. on Wednesday December 11, 2019, Local members responded to an animal water rescue behind the Colorado Athletic Club at 374 Inverness Parkway. A French Bulldog was on a leash and being walked by its human on the trail when it gave chase to Goose. The leash slipped out of the owner’s control and the dog found itself on the icy pond, struggling with the Goose. During the struggle the dog fell into the water and was unable to escape. The witnesses did the ...right thing by not attempting a rescue on their own, they dialed 911 and local members responded. Every fire engine at South Metro is equipped with an ice rescue suit and all members are trained in surface water rescues. Two members searched the pond using a hand tool while the dive rescue team responded. A SCUBA diver entered the water, located and removed the small dog within 6 minutes. Tragically the dog did not survive.

No ice is safe ice. South Metro Fire Rescue reminds everyone in the community to never go on the ice even when a person or animal is in distress. Stand in one place and remain there while calling 911 and answering the dispatcher’s questions. Members will rely heavily on where you’re standing, what you saw and where the victim might be located in the water. If the worst happens, know that emergency responders are ready to help as quickly and safely as possible.

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