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Woman rescued from Mississippi River after chasing her dog onto ice

It happened near the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Ambulance hospital emergency

Ice rescues are common in Minnesota this time of year, but seldom does the rescuer have to be rescued themselves — which is exactly what happened in south Minneapolis this weekend.

Early Saturday afternoon, a woman ventured out onto the ice on the Mississippi River near 26th St and W River Road, apparently to retrieve her dog — which had somehow gotten trapped on the river. 

Unfortunately, she soon became trapped herself, prompting a response from the Minneapolis Fire Department:

While the woman "was able to get back up on the ice on her own," she ultimately had to be pulled out with the aid of a rubber raft and taken to a rescue basket, which pulled her up the embankment and into the arms of waiting paramedics. 

While the fire department's tweets don't mention the status of the dog, FOX 9 says the pooch "also made it to shore safely."

It's not clear if the woman required further medical attention after her rescue. 

As the DNR says every winter, ice is "never 100% safe"; if you must venture out onto that frozen lake, pond or river this season, keep in mind the guidelines for ice thickness. You can check them out in this DNR graphic below:

Ice Thickness DNR Guidelines Graphic

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