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Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members rescue dog from Huron River


On Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) members Sgt. Cook, Cpl. Pasternak and Cpl. Mercure responded to the Huron River in Scio Township where a dog was being swept down the river.

Sgt. Paul Cook, Scio Twp Fire and Humane Society Huron ValleyAt the time of arrival the dog managed to get out of the river but was trapped on a narrow river bank at the base of an approximate 8 foot drop, an area inaccessible to the dog’s owner.    The dog couldn’t go up or down the river on the narrow bank due to brush forcing it back into the water. It couldn’t climb the bank because it was a vertical drop.

Cpls. Pasternak and Mercure lowered Sgt. Cook on a line to the river’s edge belaying the line around a tree.  Sgt. Cook was able to harness the dog as the corporals, Metro Parks personnel and Human Society personnel lifted them to safety.  Scio Township Fire Department was also on-scene and assisted the responding Deputies.  Human Society personnel quickly dried the dog off and returned him to his owner without incident.  No injuries occurred as a result of quick response and team work delivered by all the agencies involved.  


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