Emergency crews had to call off an operation to rescue a dog stranded on the Mohawk River near Maalwyck Park in Glenville Wednesday afternoon as they worked into the dark without success.
The dog, a 7-year-old Husky, broke free of its owner and became stranded amid the ice floes around 3:30 p.m. while out for a walk, said Beukendaal Fire Chief Paul Chevalier.
When rescue crews arrived, the dog was about 200 yards offshore, barely visible as a small brown patch amid the ice. Attempts to reach the dog with an ice rescue team failed as the ice broke up and the current proved too swift, said Chevalier.
An airboat from the Alplaus Fire Department got on the water a little before 5 p.m., but by that time rescue crews had lost sight of the dog amid the shifting ice. The jam the dog had been on had broken up and was swept downstream, said rescue workers. The operation was called off around 5:30 p.m.
“We searched for a bit here, but the current, ultimately, and the ice out there, made us come to the decision we had to suspend the operation at this time,” said Chevalier.
The dog’s owner, who asked not to be identified, said the dog went out onto the ice “of his own accord.” As rescue crews began their work, he continued calling to the dog to try to coax it back to shore.
The dog, and rescue workers, had to contend with steady winds on the river and single-digit temperatures Wednesday afternoon that continued to drop as the sun set.
The Beukendaal Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Alplaus, Scotia and Schonowe fire departments, Mohawk Ambulance and Glenville police.