Woman trying to save dog rescued from icy pond, rushed to hospital

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Published: Jan 30 2013 01:51:57 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 03 2013 11:40:07 PM EST
Conrad Weiser water rescue
HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

A woman trying to rescue one of her dogs from an icy pond needed rescuing herself after being submerged up to her neck in the frigid water.

The 65-year-old woman was walking her two dogs on the grounds of the Conrad Weiser Homestead in Heidelberg Twp., Berks Co., Thursday morning when officials said one of the dogs got free and went into the pond.

The woman went into the water in an attempt to rescue the dog, but she was not successful and ended up not being able to get out of the water herself, said Chief Robert Martin, Womlesdorf Fire Co.

"She was up to her neck, so she was in there pretty good," Martin said.

Emergency crews responded and pulled the woman from the water.

"We got her clothes off right away so we could get her warmed up and her body temperature before she got to the hospital," said Martin, adding that the woman was suffering from hypothermia.

Police, who declined to release the woman's name, said she will be okay.

The dog she tried to rescue has not been found and is presumed dead, officials said. The other dog is okay.

The woman, originally from Womelsdorf, now lives in Maryland but is in town visiting her mother, said police.