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Woman and dog safe after falling into Lake Monona

Lake Monona - Jim Maas

MADISON (WKOW) -- A woman and her dog are safe after falling into the icy waters of Lake Monona Monday.

The Madison Fire Department responded to a woman and dog falling into Lake Monona where the Yahara River meets the lake around 4:45 p.m.

The department said the woman fell in trying to rescue the dog and then was able to get back on to stable ice while crews were on their way.

When the fire crew arrived, they made it onto the ice with gear to make the rescue but the ice was too fragile so they called for the Lake Rescue Team.

One responder put on an ice rescue suit and went into the water to rescue the dog.

Officials estimated the dog was in the water for about 20 minutes -- both the dog and the owner warmed up in an ambulance but didn't need to go to the hospital.

The fire department wants to remind the public that ice may not be as thick as it seems -- such as on inlets of icy lakes, so it's best to avoid when going out on to the ice.

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