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Video: Firefighters perform ice rescue on Colo. River, save hunter

The hunter was in the frozen water for about 30 minutes before rescuers saved him

The Associated Press

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A hunter who broke through ice on the Colorado River has been rescued after spending more than 30 minutes in frigid water.

Lower Valley Fire District Chief Frank Cavaliere says the man, believed to be age 60, was treated for hypothermia.

Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page says the man had gone onto the ice after a dog that was retrieving a duck or goose around noon Tuesday. Cavaliere says other hunters saw the man fall and called 911. The dog was fine and running around in the 14-degree weather when firefighters arrived.

KKCO-TV in Grand Junction reports the man held onto an ice shelf with one leg outside the water until a firefighter with a floating board swam out and helped him to shore.

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Information from: KKCO-TV




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