Pennsylvania Firefighters Rescue Man and Dog From Erie Canal

 |  May 6th 2007  |   2 Contributions


Can you imagine what the other dog was thinking while he watched his family in the water?

Thanks to the Rochester Domocrat and Chronicle.com for this article.

Firefighters rescue man & his dog from Erie Canal

(May 3, 2007) Gates and Rochester firefighters last night rescued a dog and a Rochester man from the Erie Canal, about 40 minutes after the man jumped into the water to rescue his dog.


A man in his 30s was walking two dogs along the Erie Canal last night when one of the dogs, a yellow Labrador, jumped into the water about 7:30 p.m., said Gates Fire Chief Jim Harrington. As firefighters were traveling to the canal, they learned that the man had jumped in, too, he said.

Firefighters did not release the mans name.

The stretch of the canal where the incident occurred, between Scottsville Road and Brooks Avenue, has high, rocky walls, so the man and dog could not exit the waterway on their own, Harrington said. In addition, the water was chilly in the 50s which means hypothermia could set in for both the man and the dog in about 10 minutes, he said.

Firefighters rappelled canal walls to retrieve the man, who told authorities that he wouldnt leave without his dog, Harrington said.

Firefighters helped the man to a rock ledge, which allowed him to rest safely along the canal wall as he waited for Rochester firefighters to arrive in a motorboat, he said. While on the ledge, Harrington said, the water reached the mans knees.

Firefighters helped the pair into the boat and transported them to Genesee Valley Park, said acting Deputy Chief Martin McMillan of the Rochester Fire Department.
The man was treated at the park by paramedics from Rural/Metro ambulance service.

Though wet, the man and the dog were not injured. The mans other dog a black Labrador never entered the water and waited near where the man entered the water as firefighters worked, Harrington said.

One firefighter was injured during the incident by a branch that jabbed him in the eye, Harrington said.

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