The Coast Guard saved a dog this morning after spotting it jumping into icy waters near Frankfort, Michigan.
Coast Guard members happened to look through a window and see a Yellow Labrador Retriever jump into Lake Betsie, which is connected to Lake Michigan, on Tuesday around 10 a.m., Petty Officer Tim Putnam told ABC News.
Putnam and an Coast Guard ice rescue crew quickly put on their dry suits to dive in and rescue the Lab, later found out to be named Bailey.
The 20-minute rescue, caught on video, was “exhausting and difficult,” Putnam said. “There were a lot of heavy chunks and plates of ice I had to move around to get to the dog, who seemed shook up and shivering.”
The rest of the rescue team pulled the dog in using a line and dried her off.
Once Bailey was safe and on the ship, she was transported to Benzie County Animal Shelter, where she was examined and cared for.
“The doctor said was she very fortunate to be alive and ok, because she didn’t have much time,” Putnam said.
Bailey’s owner was later found after a search, explaining how the owner saw her dog early in the morning but then later realized that she had disappeared. It turns out that the Labrador traveled over 8 miles to the lake.