Dog rescuers rescued from Portage River ice

BAY TWP. A man risked his life Wednesday to save two dogs after they fell through the ice on the Por
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

BAY TWP.

A man risked his life Wednesday to save two dogs after they fell through the ice on the Portage River.

Scott Cline used his canoe to slide across the ice to rescue the dogs, but could not make it back to shore, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's office.

Sheriff's deputies couldn't reach him because he was too far out. They called the U.S. Coast Guard, which sent an airboat.

Cline was up to his knees in the frigid water, but was not treated for any injuries or hypothermia, Deputy James Hanney said. The two black Labrador retrievers were also OK.

"When they reached the shore, they started running around," he said.

Joe Andrews of Port Clinton also tried to rescue his dogs with the help of Don Shartell, but the bow of their rowboat broke through the ice before they could reach the animals.

Andrews and Shartell were taken to shore when deputies arrived.

Cline and Shartell were remodeling a home nearby when they heard the dogs go through the ice.