Man chases after dog, gets rescued from Elkhart River


WHO FELL THROUGH THE ICE. GOOD EVENING, I’M TERRA BRANTLEY. AND, I’M DIRK ROWLEY. THE MAN WAS GOING AFTER HIS DOG WHO HAD FALLEN IN THE WATER BEHIND HIS HOME. WANE 15’S RUBEN SOLIS JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ON THIS INCREDIBLE RESCUE. IT IS INCREDIBLE. BUTCH VANHOOK WAS RESCUED FROM THE COLD WATER YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. HE WAS IN THERE FOR 20 MINUTES.. HOLDING ONTO A TREE BANCH UNTIL HELP ARRIVED. BUTCH VANHOOK IS COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS. 04:08:17 YES, HAHA, YES I AM 04:08:19 HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON COULD HAVE BEEN TRAGIC. 04:12:10 I SHOULD HAVE JUST WAITED AND HOPED THEY GOT OUT HERE TO HELP THE DOG 04:12:14 IT WAS AROUND NOON, THAT BUTCH’S ONE YEAR OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD FLUKE FELL IN THE ELKHART RIVER BEHIND THEIR HOME. WHILE BUTCH’S WIFE CALLED 9-1-1.. HE TRIED GETTING HER OUT.. BUT HE FELL IN. 04:05:51 I KIND OF CLIMBED ON ONTO THE ICE ON MY HANDS AND KNEES, GOT CLEAR TO WHERE SHE WAS, GOT A HOLD OF HER FEET, WENT TO PULL HER UP AND I WENT IN HEAD FIRST 04:06:01 BUTCH MANAGED TO SWIM OVER TO A LIMB AND HELD ON. HE WAS ABLE TO GET FLUKE OUT OF THE WATER, BUT HE WAS STUCK. IT WASN’T UNTIL A FIREFIGHTER WENT OUT ONTO THE ICE AND THREW A HARNESS OVER BUTCH THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT. 04:10:56 WHEN I WAS HOLDING ON TO THE LIMB, I THOUGHT, THIS AIN’T THE WAY TO GO. THIS IS NOT THE TIME SO. AND IT WASN’T. LUCKILY 04:11:03 BUTCH’S WIFE, SAMANTHA ALSO FEELS LUCKY – ESPECIALLY KNOWING A FATHER AND HIS TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS DIED IN THE RIVER JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. 04:18:22 VERY BLESSED, YEAH. I DIDN’T LOSE EITHER OF THEM AND YEAH.. IT’S.. YEAH. I COULDN’T THINK STRAIGHT YESTERDAY, YES 04:18:31 TODAY, BUTCH VANHOOK IS COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS. HE IS GLAD WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY DIDN’T COST HIM HIS LIFE. BUTCH WAS FLOWN TO PARKVIEW HOSPITAL HERE IN FORT WAYNE. HE SAYS HE’S DOING FINE. AND SO IS HIS DOG, FLUKE.

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