ST. LOUIS, MO (CNN) -- A dramatic ice rescue caught on tape: a man trying to save his dog falls into a frozen lake. People nearby were able to call 9-1-1 and get the man help just in time.
Cell phone video shows the rescue by firefighters from the Maryland Heights and Pattonville Fire Protection districts.
They got to Creve Coeur Lake in West County just in the nick of time to save the man in his 60s who had fought the ice and cold to save his dog, but as it turned out he was unable to save himself and time was running out fast.
Shari Ford shot the cell phone video. She and her family were on shore when the dog, and then it's owner, ran out onto the icy lake. Another witness Julia Ford said, "Ahh, well, he was, like, tip-toeing to the ice to get his dog, and then, cause his dog was in the water, and then, he just kind of, like, fell in, 'cause the ice cracked, and then, he kind of got stuck."
The dog was already out by the time rescuers got there, but two of the rescuers scrambled out onto the ice to retrieve the man for whom help arrived just in time. Shari said, "He was talking to his dog and pushing his dog up. The dog gets out, and then he can't get out. Yeah, he was screaming. We were screaming. Everybody's looking for a rope in their trunk. Nobody had ropes. Nobody could help him."
The dog was already out by the time rescuers arrived, but two of them scrambled out on the ice to retrieve the man for whom help arrived just in time. Cpt. Robert Daus Jr. said, "It's great. This is what we train for. We hope we never have to use this type of training, honestly, but this is where we get out there and it pays off -- the drills."
The man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. Both he and the dog are expected to be just fine.