A Michigan man and his dog are rescued from an inland lake’s icy waters

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI — A Michigan man and his dog were rescued from the icy waters of an inland lake in the state’s Upper Peninsula, authorities said. Three emergency workers required medical treatment.

Thad Cooper, 56, of Michigamme Township, was looking for his dog Friday afternoon when he saw its head sticking out of the ice more than 100 yards (meters) off the shore of Lake Michigamme, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cooper kayaked onto the lake to try to save the dog, but fell in himself and was unable to get out, the office said.

A sheriff’s dive team reached Cooper with a float board and pulled him to shore. The dog was also rescued at that time, the office said. Cooper and his dog spent about an hour and a half in the water.

Two first responders were taken to a hospital and treated for hypothermia, and another responder sought treatment for a cut after falling through the ice, the office said.