Dec 28, 2012 3:33 PM by NBC News
(WDIV) A man on a mission to rescue a dog stranded on frozen Lake Erie needed some rescuing of his own after falling through the thin ice.
During an afternoon walk with his owner, Bart, an 11-year old Walker Hound, wandered away and fell through the ice on Lake Erie.
"I tried to walk around to him and it was just too deep and I couldn't get to him," said Bart's owner, Jim Swayze.
Waist deep in freezing water, Swayze called 911-and then he called his cousin Lance who arrived first.
With his waders on, Lance ventured out, taking a chance on every step.
"It broke and I fell in and I was probably about 3 and half feet deep," said Lance Eicher.
He finally reached Bart, who spent an hour and a half in the frigid water. Lance held him close before they were rescued.
"I kind of looked and went what if it was my dog, what if I was in the same situation, I would hope somebody would try to do something," said Eicher.
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