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By Norman Miller, Daily News Staff

Ashland PD

ASHLAND, Mass. — Anna the German shepherd was sinking into the frigid depths of the Sudbury River on Monday when Officer Chris Alberini, anchored by a lifeline, crawled onto the ice and pulled the 5-year-old dog to safety, the MetroWest Daily News reported.

“He went across the ice like a superhero and saved her,” said Anna’s owner, Sean O’Malley. “It’s amazing.”

Alberini, along with Officer Michael Dionne and Animal Control Officer Al Johnson, saved Anna after she fell through the ice on Union Street around 3 p.m., Sgt. Greg Fawkes said.

“It was really, really impressive,” Fawkes said.

O’Malley said when he left for work in the morning Anna was in the house. He guessed that the dog went through the doggie door of his Katherine Drive home, jumped the fence and ran off. The point in the river where she fell through is about two to three miles from his home.

After getting a call, police went to the river and found the dog struggling to get back onto the ice. Initially, they planned on waiting for the fire department to arrive with rescue equipment, but Alberini, who is partnered with Dax, the department’s police dog, feared Anna would drown before they arrived.

“He tied a 30-foot-leash around himself and Officer Dionne and (Johnson) held the other end as he crawled onto the ice,” said Fawkes. “He tried lassoing the dog with another leash, and she was smart enough to bite it and try to pull herself out, but she couldn’t do it. He finally was able to use the animal control officer’s pole (with a lasso on the end) and pulled her out.”

O’Malley said he had no idea anything was happening until after Anna was safe.

“I’m just fortunate that the call was my dog was fine,” said O’Malley. “She’s one of our family members.”

Anna seems to be doing fine after her ordeal, O’Malley said.

“She’s doing great,” he said. “She’s sitting on her bed looking exhausted. She had a long day, and the officers did, too.”

Dr. Gregg Angell survives hunting accident that claimed friends’ lives

WESTPORT, Mass. —The wife of the only hunter to survive an accident that claimed the lives of two other experienced outdoorsmen said the fact her husband survived is a miracle.

Dr. Gregg Angell, of Westport, and his two friends, Steven James, of Marshfield, and Robert Becher, of Cromwell, Conn., fell into the Westport River when their small skiff capsized Tuesday morning. James and Becher died.

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“It’s absolutely a miracle — no doubt in my mind,” Lorraine Angell said. “He has frostbite on his fingers and frostbite on his knees. He is in shock but physically otherwise OK.”

Angell was rescued by the Coast Guard. He said he tried to wave to the rescue helicopter, but he could hardly move.

“He was in fetal position,” Lorraine Angell said. “Watching the video of him coming up breaks my heart. He knew he only had a little while longer.”

His core body temperature was 80 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.

She said her husband is not sure why the boat capsized.

2 Duck Hunters Dead, One Rescued After Boat Flips In Westport River « CBS Boston.

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

A father and his son died in a cave diving accident near the coast of Florida while trying out new diving equipment on Christmas Day, police said.

Darrin Spivey, 35, and his son Dillon Sanchez, 15, both drowned after attempting to dive down to Eagle’s Nest Sink, a complex and challenging course of underwater caves in Hernando County, Fla., according to the Hernando Country sheriff’s office.

Spivey’s fiancée, Holly King, called the sheriff’s office Wednesday afternoon after she couldn’t reach Spivey, who took his son to Eagle’s Nest so they could test out brand new diving gear.

When deputies arrived in the dark, a hunter told them that the last time he saw the divers was about 11:30 a.m. as they suited up for their dive, Denise Moloney, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.

At 8:30 p.m., a certified underwater recovery diver discovered Spivey’s body inside a cave 67 feet below the surface, Moloney said. Two additional recovery divers were sent into the caves and found Dillon’s body 127 feet deep, Moloney said.

According to, Eagle’s Nest is also known as the “Lost Sink.” “This is an advanced dive. Do not take this lightly,” the site warns.

The site plunges to 310 feet in some places, and divers who want to experience Eagle’s Nest should have full cave diving certification, according to

Spivey was a certified diver, but not certified to dive in caves, and Dillon had neither certification, Moloney said.

NBC South Florida reported that a sign near the water reads, “Cave diving in this area is extremely dangerous — even life threatening!! Do not dive unless you are a certified cave diver!!”

Forensic technicians took pictures at the scene and collected the divers’ equipment, which will be evaluated at a later time in the ongoing investigation, Moloney said.

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My heart goes out to the surviving husband his entire family.

The body of the man who fell overboard during the country music cruise this past Saturday has been pulled from the Boston Harbor at 1:15 on Tuesday, July 29, 2013.

I’m just grateful the body didn’t surface when I was at Castle Island with my family on Sunday.

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Our prayers continue to be with his girlfriend and his family.

Today, we finally made it to Crystal lake and were able get through the gate. Many people are already inside enjoying an intermission from the rain. Dogs happily play with each other, kids swing on the swings. Others peer over the fence, hoping to see a big boat or an airplane take off. Little do they know that if they wait long enough they might see something they did not expect to see. Last night during a country music cruise run by Bay State Cruises, a 41 year old male who had come with his girlfriend, fell off the Ferry at approximately 10:45pm between Castle Island and Deer Island. The water was a warm 65 degrees. 369 passengers safely remained on the boat. One coast guard helicopter is in the air and two boats are now in the water searching for the body of the 41 year old man. Rescue teams from Boston and Quincy help in the search. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, our thanks go out to all of those helping in the search.