Couple, dog rescued from icy Machiasport marsh

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, at 1:02 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.

MACHIASPORT, Maine — A couple and their dog were rescued from a tidal stream Saturday night after the couple strayed onto thin ice while attempting to catch the dog.

Machiasport Fire Chief David Nielson said Wayne and Susan Tinker on Rim Road were assisted back to shore after being in the water or on the ice for approximately 45 minutes.

Nielson said the Tinkers were attempting to catch their dog shortly after 7 p.m. when all three went through the ice.

“They were wet and cold,” Nielson said, but they had managed to get on top of the ice while waiting for rescuers.

“Credit should be given to a police officer who went out on snowshoes and brought them back to solid ground,” Nielson said. “The water wasn’t all that deep.”

Nielson thought the chief rescuer was a Maine state trooper, but others said it was a Machias police officer.

Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley said the rescue was “a community effort of police, fire and neighbors.”

Nielson said the dog was fine.

“He just bounded up the hill and shook himself off,” Nielson said.

The Tinkers were taken as a precaution for a medical assessment at Down East Community Hospital, he said.

Nielson said there was an excellent response. Members of the Machiasport and Machias fire departments, Machias Ambulance, local and state police all rushed to the scene.

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