COLUMBIA - A man was transported by ambulance to University Hospital after falling through the ice while trying to rescue his dog Wednesday.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to a reported water rescue shortly after 2 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area in southwest Columbia.
Firefighters from the Chapel Hill Fire Station also went to the area and found that the victim had been removed from the ice water with the assistance of an off-duty Columbia Police Officer.
Witnesses said the victim walked out on the ice after he saw his dog fall through the ice. After the dog was rescued, the owner fell into the water deep enough to cover his head.
Off-duty Columbia Police Officer Dustin Green, who was walking his dog, witnessed the event and used his dog leash to reach the victim and pull him out of the ice water.
Columbia Fire officials warned residents never to go out onto the ice to rescue a pet that has fallen through the ice. Call 9-1-1 and wait for rescuers to arrive.