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Kamloops rescuers save woman from nearly fatal decision on icy Thompson River

Oldtimer hockey players, from left, Bert Kent, Bob Reid and Tom Blair celebrate their success after rescuing a woman and her two dogs after they plunged through the ice of the Thompson Riverin Kamloops, B.C., at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.23, 2013. They formed a human chain and used a flag pole to reach the woman and her dogs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kamloops Daily News-Keith Anderson
January 24, 2013 - 7:55 AM

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - An off-leash dog and its anxious owner are alive thanks to the quick actions of three Kamloops, B.C., men who put their own lives in danger to pull the pair to safety.

Tom Blair says he and two buddies were in a restaurant overlooking the ice-covered Thompson River late Wednesday afternoon when they saw a dog run onto the ice, with its owner in pursuit.

Within moments, both had broken through the thin ice and were struggling in the frigid water as the three men raced to help.

Blair says he sprawled on the ice in his T-shirt while his friends lay spread-eagled behind him, each holding a leg of the man in front, as Blair pushed a stick toward the struggling woman and she grabbed on.

That's when one of the men behind Blair also shattered the ice, and all three had cracked through by the time other rescuers arrived with ropes to pull them, the woman and the dog to safety.

Despite the harrowing rescue, the four humans and the dog are okay, although the woman was taken to hospital to be checked over. (CHNL)

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