CHARLOTTE, Mich (WLNS) – When Tom Kreh decided to take the family dog and do a little ice fishing he never expected he would likely owe his life to some sharp-eyed neighbors.
The 67-year-old Kreh walked out on the ice of a pond in the Sandstone Estates just before 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
As Kreh was stepping out on the ice a neighbor glanced out his window and saw that Kreh and the dog had fallen through the ice.
Charlotte resident Jim Cicorelli told his wife to call 911 and then he ran out to find some way to rescue Kreh, who was about 25 from shore.
Cicorelli and some other other rescuers found a rope to throw out to Kreh but it was too short to reach the man.
It was then that neighbors found a plastic raft that they were able to slide out to Kreh.
When Charlotte firefighters arrived they were able to toss a rope out to reach Kreh and the dog and pull them, along with the rescuers, to safety.
Kreh told firefighters that he had been in the water about ten minutes and was becoming exhausted.
EMS crews checked Kreh and Nellie the dog and, while they were cold, they needed no further treatment.
Charlotte Deputy Fire Chief Jonny Fullerton says that Kreh was extremely lucky that people saw him go in the water. Fullerton reminds people that ice is dangerous because of our mild winter and caution should always be taken before venturing out on frozen ponds or lakes.