Fraser Lake RCMP officer rescues drowning dog

An RCMP officer dragged a paddle boat with an ice pick to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice.

Caller to Fraser Lake RCMP said dog had been in water for an hour

A RCMP officer dragged a paddle boat with an ice pick to rescue Josie, a dog that fallen through the ice. (RCMP)

A police officer dragged a paddle boat with an ice pick to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice at a northern B.C. pond Thursday. 

Fraser Lake RCMP said a caller reached out to the police, saying the dog had been in the water for almost a hour and wasn't faring well. 

"When I arrived on scene, I could hear the dog whining for help and knew we didn't have much time to react," said Sgt. Jason Slater. 

"But the biggest obstacle was I had no idea how deep the water was. We could see the dog struggling and knew it would not be long before she would perish from exhaustion and exposure to the elements."

An officer dragged the paddle boat while another officer held on to the rope tethered to it. (RCMP)

That's when another officer, Const. Ray Dickenson, got hold of an old paddle boat and life jacket.

"We tied a rope to the boat and Ray dragged it through the ice-filled waters using a large ice pick to where the dog was."

Slater says Const. Dickenson's timing was "impeccable" because it appeared that "as soon as Ray reached the dog, she didn't have any more fight left in her."

The six-month-old Bernese mountain dog, Josie, has been returned to her guardians as her owners were out of town.