VIDEO: Man Saves Dog in Freezing Water

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By Bisi Onile-Ere, WDIV reporter

DETROIT, Michigan -- A man in Michigan says he thinking of the "Golden rule" when he jumped into a freezing lake to rescue a dog.

Jim Swayze said he was on an afternoon walk with his 11-year-old walker hound, Bart, when the hunting dog wandered off and fell through the ice on Lake Erie.

His two front paws kept him from sinking in.

"I tried to walk around to him, and just too deep, and I just couldn't get to him," Swayze explained.

Waist-deep in the freezing water, Swayze called 911 and then his cousin, Lance, who arrived first.

"I just wasn't thinking. I just wanted to try to rescue a friend of the family," said Lance.

With waders on, Lance ventured out, taking a chance on every step.

"It broke and I fell in, and I was probably about three and half-foot deep."

Lance finally reached Bart who spent an hour and a half in the frigid water. Lance held him close before they were rescued.

"I was talking to him, I was trying to keep him warm. I was trying to rub him and get trying to get some blood flowing through his body," said Lance.

But this dog's tale comes with a happy ending.

Animal control officials at the scene say aside from being cold, Bart is not hurt.

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