2 Washington men die trying to save dogs from icy pond

2 Washington men die trying to save dogs from icy pond

Two men died Tuesday trying to save two dogs from an icy pond in Whatcom County.

The Bellingham Herald reports one of the dogs also died but the other one miraculously survived.

The PulsePoint app shows emergency crews were called out shortly before 6 p.m. for a water rescue on Linnell Road in Deming, northeast of Bellingham.

When they got there, they learned two dogs had fallen through ice on a private pond. A man in his 70s grabbed a ladder, laid it down on the ice, crawled onto it and attempted an ice rescue.

The ladder was smaller than a traditional ice-rescue ladder, the Herald reports. The ladder and the man fell through the ice.

A second man reportedly jumped in to save the older man. As of Tuesday night, only one of their bodies had been recovered. Crews plan to return to the scene Wednesday to recover the second body.

One of the dogs died, authorities told the newspaper, but the second dog somehow got out of the pond.

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