Coast Guard rescued stray pup from freezing waters of Detroit River

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Five members of the United States Coast Guard had been out on a routine patrol of the area a week ago near Grayhaven Island, when one of the officers spotted a dog who was barely able to keep her head above the water in the freezing temperatures of the Detroit River.

According to the U.S Coast Guard Sector Detroit, Petty Officer Cole Harper organized a boat crew and navigated their rescue boat through the thin ice of the river. Harper, dressed in a thermal dry suit, was able to grab the dog while the crew reeled Harper back in using a tether – until the two climbed back to the safety of the boat.

The Coast Guard returned to their Belle Isle Station with the happily rescue pooch who seemed to have been very grateful for the rescue. Detroit Animal Care and Control arrived and is currently caring for the dog.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit


Round of appaws 🐾 for Petty Officer Cole Harper and the boat crew for a successful animal rescue! They’re keeping her warm until Detroit Animal Care and Control arrives.

USCG Station Belle Isle boat crew is underway and spotted a dog who fell through the ice near Grayhaven Island. Rescue in progress.


One of the crew members has shown an interest in adopting the adorable pooch if he is not reclaimed by his owner.

Many thanks to our heroes.

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