Hero is comforted at home after being rescued from ocean ice in Southwest Harbor early Sunday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAIYSHA SOMERS-JONES

Dog rescued from ocean ice floe in storm

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A dog named Hero found out who the true heroes are early Sunday when firefighters rescued him from the ice on the harbor.

Chief Sam Chisholm said the fire department was called to the shore near Manset Corner around 12:30 a.m. Hero was about 100 yards off the shoreline.

Two firefighters – Matt Lindsley and Derek Zozzaro – donned cold water rescue suits and headed onto the ice.

“The ice was about and inch or two thick, not enough to support anyone,” Chisholm said.

Lindsley and Zozzaro soon were swimming, working in tandem to break the ice ahead of them as they made their way to the dog.

“These guys are Coasties,” Chisholm said, using a slang term for U.S. Coast Guardsmen. “They’re trained for this.”

Hero had found a perch out of the water, but as Lindsley and Zozzaro swam within 15 feet of him, the dog dove into the water.

“Derek latched onto him,” Chisholm said. “He was just minutes from going under.”

The two firefighters swam back to shore with Hero, where he was dried with towels and “chain-carried” up the steep slope to where an ambulance waited. An EMT warmed Hero and determined he was going to be okay.

“He was wet and cold but alert,” Chisholm said.

The dog’s owner told Chisholm that he had been out walking the dog when it ran away from. The chief did not know how the canine got out on the ice.

The Tremont Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the call.

Dog owner Maiysha Somers-Jones, who initially posted on Facebook that she needed help because her dog was in the water, later thanked rescuers for saving her pet. “It was a close one,” she posted on the department’s Facebook page. “Thank you so much to the divers, EMT, fire department and police. Really, really. There are no words.”

Lost Labradoodle

Earlier on Saturday, dozens of volunteer searchers fanned out to look for a lost labradoodle puppy named Fogo, owned by Natalie Springuel and Rich MacDonald, who ran off from its owner in the Day Mountain area of Seal Harbor earlier in the day. He was found later that afternoon along Cooksey Drive.

Missing Golden

Also on Saturday, Lexie, a golden retriever visiting from the Portland area, ran off yesterday while on a snow shoe adventure with her owners in the Duck Cove area of Tremont. Lexie’s body was found Monday miles from where she had last been seen.

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