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Ann Arbor woman hospitalized after saving dog from Huron River
Updated On: Jun 15, 2010

Ann Arbor woman hospitalized after saving dog from Huron River

An Ann Arbor woman is being treated for exposure after falling into the Huron River while trying to rescue a dog that ran into the river this evening, authorities say.

At about 5 p.m., two women were walking their dogs in a small park across from Huron High School on Fuller Road when one woman's dog chased a duck and fell into the Huron River, said Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Robert Vogel.

The owner, trying to retrieve the dog, fell into the river herself. The Ann Arbor police and fire departments, the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance all responded to the scene.

While the dog was able to climb on her to get out of the river, the woman was in the river for about 10 minutes before an Ann Arbor police officer rescued her, Vogel said.

The officer, who also fell in the river, was treated at the scene. The woman was rushed in an ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital with signs of frostbite, including skin discoloration and waxy fingertips, officials said. No further details are available this evening.

"That water is 35-degrees at best," Vogel said. "She was talking at the scene. She was cold, but she was talking."

The dog is fine and did not have to be treated, he said.


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