MASSENA - Volunteers from the Massena Rescue and its dive team saved the life of a dog Wednesday afternoon after he got stuck in the current while swimming at Robert Moses State Park.
The rescue squad and its divers were dispatched to the park at 2:41 p.m., launching its Zodiac rescue boat from the park’s boat launch and successfully retrieving the dog, a chocolate lab named Aku, at roughly 3:15 p.m.
“It took us a few minutes to get there, because our larger rescue boat, which is normally in the water at the Barnhardt Marina is out of service,” said Squad Chief Norm F. Worden, who estimated the dog was between 500 and 600 from the shore when they got to him.
“He was swimming and treading water, but he was getting tired,” Mr. Worden said. “He was happy to see the guys when they got there.”
Aku belongs to a family from St. Philippe, Que. which was camping at the park for the first time.
Diana D. Eldridge and her husband Eric Caron were camping with their two children Elizabeth Caron, 8 and Matthyeu Caron. They arrived at the park Sunday and said their camping trip is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow.
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