Firefighters in Longview, Washington, came to the rescue of a cold black Labrador retriever who was stuck in frigid water and thick mud along the banks of the Cowlitz River on Saturday. Details of the rescue effort were shared with followers of the Longview Fire Department Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.
The dog belongs to Greg Packwell, who was forced to call 911 for help after the dog got trapped in mud beyond the shoreline. Packwell initially tried to save his dog on his own, but reached out for help when he discovered how thick the mud was. The department wrote, “Longview Engine 81 arrived at the scene shortly after the call and began to assess the situation. Acting Lieutenant Matthew Amos reported that the dog was shivering cold with water up to the black lab’s chest. Upon questioning Packwell, Amos discovered that the dog had been stuck for in excess of 20 minutes.”
Lieutenant Amos determined that the dog was in danger and the rescuers immediately went to work to save the struggling dog’s life. The firefighters donned life jackets and utilized a ladder to crawl across the mud to reach the dog, who had to be dug out from the sticky dirt. Firefighters paramedic Tucker Williams described the toll the dog’s body had taken during the time it took to free him from the mud, “It was freezing; the dog was just shivering and couldn’t stand.”
Blankets were used to help warm the dog and within moments, his condition improved. According to the department’s Facebook post, Packwell told firefighters that he and his dog frequently play at the park and they plan to return.
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