Saturday, 2:15 PM
Dog rescued after falling through ice in Hingham
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
A firefighter became exhausted and required medical treatment after helping to rescue a dog that fell through the ice in Hingham Harbor this morning, a close call that prompted officials to urge people to keep their dogs leashed when near ice-covered bodies of water.
Firefighters were called to World’s End, a park on the harbor shortly after 9 a.m., said Fire Lieutenant Victor Bernan. They found a black Labrador that had gone 300 feet out before falling through.
Firefighters donned cold water rescue suits and had to battle their way through ice and slush to reach the dog. Two firefighters went all the way out, while a third assisted them nearer shore, said Fire Captain Joseph Mortland.
James Sheard, a firefighter-paramedic, grabbed the dog and brought it most of the way to shore, which left Sheard exhausted, Mortland said. Sheard was treated and released from a hospital and was fine by this afternoon, officials said.
Fire officials said they perform such rescues so people won’t endanger themselves by trying to save their pets. But the rescues are still hazardous.
“The dog owner should know better -- not to let the dog go. We are risking ourselves to save a dog, which we will do, but we wish we didn’t have to,” Bernan said.
"We're always very cautious when we have to put a firefighter out in the open water in the Atlantic Ocean. He's at risk. If it's a situation where the dog should have been on a leash, we'd just appreciate them having a little consideration for us as well," said Fire Chief Mark Duff.