Hunter falls through ice on Colorado River

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 12:04 AM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A hunter who broke through ice on the Colorado River has been rescued after spending more than 30 minutes in frigid water.

Lower Valley Fire District Chief Frank Cavaliere (cav-uh-LEER') says the man, believed to be age 60, was treated for hypothermia.

Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page says the man had gone onto the ice after a dog that was retrieving a duck or goose around noon Tuesday. Cavaliere says other hunters saw the man fall and called 911. The dog was fine and running around in the 14-degree weather when firefighters arrived.

KKCO-TV in Grand Junction reports (http://bit.ly/107zHtx ) the man held onto an ice shelf with one leg outside the water until a firefighter with a floating board swam out and helped him to shore.

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Information from: KKCO-TV, http://www.nbc11news.com

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