Firefighters rescue man, dog from icy pond

The man got in a canoe to try to rescue the dog but fell in himself when the craft tipped over about 75 feet from shore.

STERLING, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters in Massachusetts rescued a man and a dog from an icy pond Sunday.

Authorities said the incident began when the dog fell into the frigid waters of East Waushacum Pond, in Sterling north of Worcester.

The man got in a canoe to try to rescue the animal but fell in himself when the craft tipped over about 75 feet from shore.

A dive team was called up to assist in the rescue, but the divers weren’t needed after two firefighters in ice rescue gear went out onto the largely frozen pond to save the pair.

The man declined medical care and the dog was treated for hyperthemia. The Sterling Fire Department said both man and canine were in fine condition by Sunday afternoon.

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This story has been updated to correct the location of the pond. It is in Sterling, Massachusetts, not Sterling, Connecticut.

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