One of the couple’s two dogs had fallen through the ice after running out onto the hazard. The woman ventured out onto the ice to try to retrieve the animal. She also went through the ice, prompting her husband to make an effort to rescue her and the dog. He, too, went into the water.
Firefighters from St. John’s Regional Fire Department and Eastern Health paramedics responded to the park after reports came in from witnesses. By the time they arrived, and aided by a third person who also happened to be walking in the area, both the couple and their dog had made it out of the water. Paramedics wrapped the woman in a firefighter’s coat to help her warm up. She was taken by ambulance to the Health Sciences Centre where she was to be treated for possible mild hypothermia. Her husband was wet, cold, but unharmed. The dog that went through the ice was also chilly, but unharmed.