In Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, a group of firefighters rescued a black dog spotted floating on an iceberg for hours along the icy waters of the Wisconsin River Monday. It was not known how long the black Labrador retriever named Milo had been caught on the ice floe, but witnesses had seen him several miles upriver earlier in the day.
According to Channel3000, the Kilbourn Fire Department and Wisconsin Dells police officers worked together to rescue the dog from the 20 feet wide iceberg before he floated towards the spillway of the dam. The location where Milo was pinpointed had been south of Chula Vista in a narrow bend, popularly known as Devil’s Elbow and where rescuers were not initially able to reach him.
Rescuers decided on using a friend’s 14-foot boat and attached a motor after improvising a safe place to launch having to chop away more of the ice. By this time, the sun had already set and night began to fall, making the rescue attempt even more difficult. Five firemen dressed in cold water safety gear left the shore using their flashlights to help them find Milo. When they approached the dog, he was frightened, and no amount of coaxing could get him off the ice. Finally firefighter Adam Hickey jumped on the ice and picked up the dog placing him into the boat.
Once back at shore, Milo was taken back to the fire station – warmed up and fed. The Dells Police Department posted Milo’s photo on their Facebook page, and it wasn’t long before his human, Toriana Gutierrez saw her dog’s picture. It seems Milo and his pal Kilo had escaped from their yard earlier in the day. Kilo returned soaking wet, but Milo never came home.
Luckily for all involved, Milo has been returned home safely, the firemen and the police officers are all safe and of course our heroes, and what could have been a tragedy turned out to have a happy ending. Welcome home Milo.
Photo of dog rescued from iceberg courtesy of Kilbourn Fire Department.
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