Police say on March 18th, 2016, members of the Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Service, the Niagara Regional Police Service and Niagara E.M.S attended in the area of the St. Lawrence Seaway just north of the Main Street bridge in the City of Port Colborne in response to a report of a dog that had jumped into the waterway.
Investigation revealed that a couple had been walking their dog along the west bank of the canal when the dog jumped into the frigid waters. As Emergency Services personnel were responding to the area, the dog owner decided to jump into the water in an attempt to save his dog. Once in the water, the male began to experience the effects of hypothermia and could not remove himself from the water, further hindered by the steep walls surrounding the waterway channel.
Upon their arrival, members of the Port Colborne Fire Service and the Niagara Regional Police Service were able to rescue the male from the icy water. The male was transported to Welland County General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Unfortunately, the dog was not located and appears to have succumbed to the frigid waters.
The water temperature of local waterways continues to hover slightly above the freezing mark. As a result, these waters present an imminent danger to the life of anyone who enters them. The Niagara Regional Service is reminding the members of the public not to enter these waters and to use caution with respect to themselves, as well as their pets, when in the vicinity of any watercourse. Pets should remain leashed at all times.
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