A dog walker and a dog she was walking were rescued from Scallop Pond in North Sea on Friday morning after the two became trapped in the icy water for about 15 minutes.
North Sea Fire Chief Bill Rosko Jr. said that the woman was one of three professional dog handlers walking dogs around Scallop Pond on the morning of January 25 and that the dog she was walking ran out on the icy pond and got stuck. The woman, whom Chief Rosko couldn’t name, ran after the dog when she noticed it was stuck in shoulder-deep water and became a victim herself.
According to Chief Rosko, the fire department was activated at about 8:30 a.m. and got to the scene within seven minutes. The department’s heavy rescue team was on the scene within 12 minutes of the call, he said.
Within 15 minutes of the call, both the woman and the dog were rescued. Chief Rosko said that the dog was put in the back of one of the department’s trucks to warm up and the woman was treated on the scene by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and a friend got her warm clothes. Chief Rosko said neither she nor the dog was hypothermic.
Scallop Pond is a salt water pond and the tide changed about half an hour after the rescue, according to the chief.
“The tide broke the ice loosened and could’ve pushed her out toward the middle,” he said.
In addition to the North Sea Fire Department and the SVA, Southampton Town Police, the Southampton Town Bay Constable, the Southampton Fire Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Fire Coordinator all responded to the scene.
Chief Rosko said that any time there is a victim in ice, it’s important to get as many people in route as possible for the best outcome.