This Happened to Me: Iced Twice

Double jeopardy on the ice for a group of duck hunters

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Iced Twice: Bob Hayward, Yuba City, CA

This Happened to Me: Iced Twice
My buddies and I were duck hunting the Shoshone River in Wyoming. We hit one mallard and it fell in the river.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Iced Twice
My lab jumped into the water to retrieve it, but the current pulled him under the ice. Then he popped back up again, fighting hard. I ran out to help.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Iced Twice
I lay down on the ice and inched forward until I could grab his neck and haul him out, duck and all. but just as i saved him, my buddy Gary fell through the ice! He had been watching the rescue attempt when the ice broke under him.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Iced Twice
Now I had to act fast again and crawl to him, too. Our other buddy grabbed my legs, and we pulled Gary out of the frigid river and onto solid ground.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Iced Twice
It was -20°F and Gary’s clothes froze to his body. We were 3 miles from town and he couldn’t walk, so we built a fire and waited until he was warm enough to walk out.Tony Shasteen

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