One local pooch is lucky to be alive after it was spotted trapped in Kootenay Lake on Friday evening.
Members of the Nelson Police Department (NPD) and Nelson Fire and Rescue were called to Lakeside Park shortly after 5 p.m. by a woman who saw a dog struggling in the water.
The dog had fallen off an unoccupied anchored boat but remained tethered to it. Acting Fire Captain Scott Jeffery and Sgt. Brian Weber managed to unhook the dog and coax it into a rescue boat where, Weber wrote in a statement, “the dog shook itself dry, drenching the rescue crew.”
Police said the dog is recovering while the incident is being investigated by the NPD with assistance from the BC SPCA.
The woman who reported the dog in the lake was also credited with saving its life.