Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock in Canada

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Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea
Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea

A blind dog had to be rescued from the cold waters of Lake Ontario in Canada after falling off a ferry dock.

Inge, 11, took a tumble into the water off the Wolfe Island ferry dock.

Owner Jim Argo had been in a line of cars waiting to board the ferry when he let the female Samoyed out to relieve herself.

Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea
Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea

According to Rex Features, speaking to local media, Jim said: "I stepped out to give her a chance to go pee. She went behind the fence and she had finished her pee and then all of a sudden she just took a step forward and she was in the water."

A horrified Jim rushed over and spotted that Inge, in her confusion, was swimming in the wrong direction away from the dock.

Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea
Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea

Bystanders attempted to fish her out using a rescue pole with a loop on the end but were unsuccessful.

It was then that firefighters arrived having received a false call that a person was in the water.

Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea
Blind dog rescued by firefighters after falling off ferry dock into freezing sea

Firefighter Claude Duval donned a specialised ice water rescue suit and went into the lake to hold onto Inge while his colleagues came up with a plan.

A ladder was initially lowered down but Inge was too heavy for Claude to lift so an improvised stretcher was lowered down on a rope so that she could be strapped to it.

Inge was eventually freed from the water and given a brisk rub down by a very relieved Jim.

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