facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Police rescue man, dog from collapsed snow fort tunnel

Jan. 20, 2014 at 11:48 PM   |   Comments

HERMANTOWN, Minn., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Police say they saved a northern Minnesota man in his 30s and his dog trapped when a snow fort tunnel collapsed on them this past weekend.

Hermantown police Sgt. William Marsolek said the man's young son called 911 shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday to alert them to his father's predicament, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Marsolek said when he and officer Jon Pernu arrived at the scene they found the man face-down with 1-2 feet of snow on his upper body and his right leg and right elbow sticking out.

"The man was able to communicate with us, but I could tell his breathing was restricted from the weight of the snow on him," Marsolek said.

The two officers pulled him part way out but more snow collapsed on him and the dog. Marsolek said he and Pernu yanked on the man again, freeing him, and the dog also escaped, the newspaper said.

The man was found to be OK after being checked by emergency workers.

Marsolek said deep snow beneath the tunnel may have contributed to the man getting stuck by preventing him from being able to push against the snow above.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Black bears fight on suburban New Jersey street Black bears fight on suburban New Jersey street
2
Some see 'Jesus' in smoke of California fire Some see 'Jesus' in smoke of California fire
3
Groom carries bride, falls on top of her Groom carries bride, falls on top of her
4
Store owner threw chili powder at armed robbers Store owner threw chili powder at armed robbers
5
Ghostly orbs, the Grey Lady and a Doorway to Hell Ghostly orbs, the Grey Lady and a Doorway to Hell
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback