Rescue after woman falls into frozen river trying to save her dog

A neighbor saved the owner, responders saved the dog.
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A woman and a dog were saved by rescuers after an emergency on the Elk River in Sherburne County.

The drama unfolded around 2:15 p.m. Thursday, when police were called to a home in the 19000 block of 147th Street by a woman who said her dog was stranded in the middle of the river.

By the time police got to the scene, the woman, aged 64, had also fallen into the river trying to rescue her pooch.

A 72-year-old neighbor who witnessed the emergency rushed out to help her, with police arriving to see him pulling her out of the river.

She was cold but not seriously injured, however her dog Max was still stricken in the water. She told police he'd gone out onto the ice after a deer carcass and fell through the ice.

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Deputies from Sherburne County Sheriff's Office donned cold water rescue equipment and managed to get Max out of the river.

He was taken to a local vet, while his owner was taken to Mercy Hospital.

Both are expected to make full recoveries.

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