Strangers Rescue Woman, Dog From Icy Herriman Pond

Feb 24, 2019, 8:35 AM | Updated: 8:35 am

HERRIMAN, Utah – A Herriman woman and her husky were rescued from an icy pond Friday.

Shawna Richardson said she took her 11-year-old husky, Haven, to The Cove at Herriman Springs.

“I just kind of dropped her leash and I usually let her sniff around. She’s older. She doesn’t feel that great. She’s not typically going to run very far,” Richardson said.

Richardson said when she caught up to Haven, the dog had gone out onto the ice in the park’s pond and fallen through.

“Just complete panic, sheer panic. Her eyes were big. I just knew, it was almost automatic reaction to save her,” Richardson said. “She was treading water and she was right up against the lip of where the ice had melted away,”

Richardson said she immediately decided to go out on the ice herself to rescue Haven. She was able to get close enough to reach her.

“When I was pulling her up, the collar was slipping over her head because it’s too loose and then right then, the ice broke,” Richardson said. “The water was so cold, it took my breath away,”

As Shawna tried to figure out what to do in the frigid water, she said a man appeared on the edge of the water.

“Out of nowhere, I see this man and the only thing I really remember about him was that he had earbuds in. He was yelling, ‘You’re doing a really good job! Keep it up! You can do it! You’re almost there!’,” Richardson said.

Richardson said the man pulled her and Haven out of the water. Another woman nearby offered to drive them home. Richardson said it all happened so fast, she didn’t get the people’s names.

“I just hope he knows that I am super thankful. He probably went out for a jog and had no idea he’d be soaking wet helping some lady and her dog out of the pond,” she said. “I’m really thankful. I don’t know what would have happened had he not been there,”

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