GOOD NEWS Amazing Videos: Emergency Personnel Rescue People and Pets from Icy Waters
As extremely cold weather sweeps across the U.S., many people and pets have found themselves in potentially life-threatening situations.
Amazing videos of rescue personnel saving people from the freezing cold and icy waters are beginning to pour in.
Check out footage of some incredible rescues below, from a 14-year-old New Jersey girl, to a Texas family of four, to an adorable North Carolina terrier.
According to MyFoxNY, a teenage girl was treated for possible hypothermia after she fell into an icy waterway in central New Jersey.
Middletown authorities say the 14-year-old girl had climbed along an outflow pipe shortly before she fell into Sandy Hook Bay around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rescuers reached her a short time later and used a sled to bring her to land.
The teen's name has not been released, and further details on her condition have not been disclosed.
Two other people with the victim - identified only as a teenage girl and an adult woman - did not fall in the bay and were led to safety by officials.
According to Coast Guard News, a Coast Guard aircrew rescued a family of four, including two young children, aboard a grounded recreational boat near Port Mansfield, Texas, Monday evening.
At approximately 4 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island received a distress call from a family, via cell phone, stating that they had been underway in the channel on the west side of the Mansfield Cut and were pushed onto the flats by a gust of wind and were grounded. Meanwhile, due to a severe weather front, air temperatures plummeted 25 degrees over a period of two hours.
Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and diverted an aircrew aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry, who helped direct the helicopter to the vessel’s location and provided up-to-date weather reports that aided in the rescue efforts.
The helicopter arrived on scene and the rescue swimmer was lowered to the boat to assess the survivors’ condition. The two children were showing signs of hypothermia and the two adults were very cold from air temperatures at 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the 30 knot gusts of wind. Due to needed medical attention, the swimmer, assisted by the father, was able to walk the rest of the family to an island where the helicopter was able to land. The aircrew quickly brought them aboard. They were transported to Port Mansfield airport where EMS was waiting.
According to MyFox8, it was a close call for one pooch in North Carolina.
The dog, named Brody, was out playing with his 12-year-old owner when he suddenly fell through an icy pond.
His owner quickly ran home to call for help.
Crews from two fire departments came out to rescue Brody.
They tied two ladders together in an attempt to reach the dog, but the weight of the ladder broke more of the ice.
The firefighters then managed to get Brody to safety using a long hook.
The pooch was met with warm blankets and hugs.