Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department (CFD) Aquatics Rescue Team saves dog from Bow River

At approximately 11:55 this morning the CFD responded to a river rescue by the Calgary Zoo. Upon arrival the crews encountered a very upset dog owner and a large dog in the river holding on to the river ice with its front paws. The Aquatics rescue team quickly launched their ice rescue boat and maneuvered it over to the endangered dog. By utilizing the specially designed opening in the hull, the crew members were able to pull the very cold dog into the boat and take it to shore. The dog and the owner were transported by the Calgary Police Service to a 24 hour Vet clinic to ensure the dog named Frankie did not sustain any permanent injuries. In discussion with the owner, she and Frankie were walking along the pathway when they encountered a rabbit, Frankie got away from the owner and chased the rabbit onto the ice, which could not support its weight. The CFD would like to remind everyone, ice that is on flowing water is never safe to go out on regardless of the situation.