Rescuers in Osceola spent the early afternoon trying to rescue a dog from the St. Joseph River just off of Vistula and West County Line roads.
A WSBT photojournalist at the scene said two separate attempts were made by the Penn Township Fire Department to reach the stranded pup using a floating ice-crossing device and later a rubber raft.
During the firefighters’ second attempt, a kayak manned by Jim Lung, who lives nearby, and the chief animal control officer of the St. Joseph County Humane Society, tried to navigate the open river water and reach the dog. This spooked the animal into walking further down river, causing it to briefly fall through the ice.
"Once we started banging on the ice with the kayak paddle and the boat, he just kind of took off, ran about 20 to 30 feet, fell in, got himself out and took off for shore again," Lung said.