3 stranded people, dog rescued from Cowan Lake island


The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to Cowan Lake State Park at 1:44 p.m. Saturday for three individuals and a dog that were stranded on Austin Island in the middle of the lake. They had walked across the lake on the ice to get to the island, but due to rising temperatures and melting of the ice, could not make it back to the handicap pier area, according to Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District Chief Bob Wysong. Clinton-Warren requested mutual aid from the Wilmington Fire Department and Warren County Task Force for boats and ice rescue equipment to assist in the rescue. Rescuers went through the ice several places during the rescue operation. No injuries were sustained. The island is approximately 1,200 feet from main shore and water up to about 25 feet deep. After a little over two hours, all subjects were safely rescued back to the main shore without incident.


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The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to Cowan Lake State Park at 1:44 p.m. Saturday for three individuals and a dog that were stranded on Austin Island in the middle of the lake. They had walked across the lake on the ice to get to the island, but due to rising temperatures and melting of the ice, could not make it back to the handicap pier area, according to Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District Chief Bob Wysong. Clinton-Warren requested mutual aid from the Wilmington Fire Department and Warren County Task Force for boats and ice rescue equipment to assist in the rescue. Rescuers went through the ice several places during the rescue operation. No injuries were sustained. The island is approximately 1,200 feet from main shore and water up to about 25 feet deep. After a little over two hours, all subjects were safely rescued back to the main shore without incident.

The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to Cowan Lake State Park at 1:44 p.m. Saturday for three individuals and a dog that were stranded on Austin Island in the middle of the lake. They had walked across the lake on the ice to get to the island, but due to rising temperatures and melting of the ice, could not make it back to the handicap pier area, according to Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District Chief Bob Wysong. Clinton-Warren requested mutual aid from the Wilmington Fire Department and Warren County Task Force for boats and ice rescue equipment to assist in the rescue. Rescuers went through the ice several places during the rescue operation. No injuries were sustained. The island is approximately 1,200 feet from main shore and water up to about 25 feet deep. After a little over two hours, all subjects were safely rescued back to the main shore without incident.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ice-rescue1.jpgThe Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to Cowan Lake State Park at 1:44 p.m. Saturday for three individuals and a dog that were stranded on Austin Island in the middle of the lake. They had walked across the lake on the ice to get to the island, but due to rising temperatures and melting of the ice, could not make it back to the handicap pier area, according to Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District Chief Bob Wysong. Clinton-Warren requested mutual aid from the Wilmington Fire Department and Warren County Task Force for boats and ice rescue equipment to assist in the rescue. Rescuers went through the ice several places during the rescue operation. No injuries were sustained. The island is approximately 1,200 feet from main shore and water up to about 25 feet deep. After a little over two hours, all subjects were safely rescued back to the main shore without incident. Courtesy photo
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