- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A woman who fell through the ice after pulling her dog from a frigid Lincoln lake was quickly repaid, when her pet helped rescuers get her the rope that helped save her life.

Steve Dye and Ray Frana, who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were checking the Holmes Lake dam around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when they noticed a dog out on the ice, next to a hole. As they got nearer the site, they saw a woman was in the hole, splashing.

They grabbed a robe from their vehicle, but soon discovered it wasn’t long enough to reach her.

The men said that while Dye called 911 for help, Frana crawled out onto the ice, carrying the rope. The dog went to Frana, who tucked one rope end under the dog’s collar. The woman then called the dog to her. She grabbed the rope, and then Frana pulled her out of the hole. They all soon reached safety back on shore, 40 feet away.

The woman was warming up in the men’s truck by the time paramedics arrived. Lincoln Fire and Rescue Capt. Randy Case said the woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution. It was unclear how long she’d been in the water.

She said she broke through the ice after helping her dog out of the frigid lake.

Dye and Frana - with the help of the dog - probably saved the woman’s life, Case said.

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