A golden retriever was rescued from the frozen Charles River Sunday afternoon after falling through the ice.

Wellesley police received a frantic 911 call from a woman at the Elm Bank Reservation who said that her five-year-old golden retriever Crosby had fallen through the ice on the Charles River.

Rescue crews were able to track down the dog using the caller’s cell phone GPS location.

A Wellesley Fire Department rescue team was able to pull the dog, who was about 50 yards offshore, out of the frozen river.

"I then went into the water and swam out breaking ice to the dog. We helped break more ice to get back to shore. They pulled us in with rope and we were able to get the dog up onto shore,” Wellesley Fire Lt. Paul Delaney said.

Firefighters used cold water survival suits to reach Crosby, who trapped by ice.

The dog was shaken, but is expected to be okay. He was reunited with his family a short time after the 20-minute rescue.

VIDEO Dramatic rescue of dog from icy river

Responses to "Firefighters rescue dog from frozen Charles River (Photos - Video)"

  1. Unknown says:

    You guys ROCK! Thank you, truly enjoyed the good news. Merry Christmas from Alabama USA

  2. Unknown says:

    Awesome, truly enjoyed the good news. Merry Christmas from Alabama USA

  3. Preya says:

    AMAZING! What a blessing! Happy Holidays!

  4. Unknown says:

    All you guys get a thumbs up for your bravery in saving this beautiful dog. My heart goes out to all of you for your bravery and kindness. I know that if I were the owner of this dog, I would not know how to thank you enough for saving my dog. Well done, and GOD bless you all.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tears and Blessings to all who helped!

  6. Unknown says:

    Thank you Wellesley Fire & Rescue For Saving That Dog's Life ! Merry Christmas To You All!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Wellesley Fire & Rescue, for saving this beautiful being's life! You not only saved this life, but you also made it possible the dog's owner to have a Merry Christmas with her best friend. Merry Christmas!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Good job! Merry & Happy New Year!!!!

  9. Unknown says:

    Good jobs guys. I know how I would feel if I lost my dog, especially on Christmas eve. Thank you for doing what you do to help people and our sweet animals too. Merry Christmas guys.

  10. Unknown says:

    Thank you guys for making Christmas eve a great memory and not one for the loss of a treasured pet. You guys did a wonderful job and I appreciate your work.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your guys are awesome! Truly the best Christmas present you could ever give anyone.

  12. Anonymous says:

    thank god for rescuers like you all ' god bless you

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