Indiana man dies while trying to save dog in icy pond

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

An Indiana man died Monday while attempting to save a dog that had ventured onto the ice of a retention pond in Indianapolis, WXIN reported.

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Officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said the man lived at The Masters Apartments and went into the water to rescue the dog, which had fallen into the pond when the ice beneath the animal cracked, the television station reported.

Roughly 15 minutes later, fire department divers found a man in his 20s who was 15 feet beneath the surface of the pond, WISH reported. The man was pulled to shore from the 37-degree water and taken to a hospital after CPR was performed. He died at the hospital, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith told WISH.

"Witnesses had stated the man had run onto the ice to fetch his dog, who had also run onto the ice," Reith told the television station. "They said the man broke through the ice and did not resurface."

The dog survived and was able to exit the pond on its own, WXIN reported.