Pittsfield woman rescued from river after trying to help her dog

Wednesday December 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city woman was "cold, but OK," after being rescued Monday after falling through the ice on the Housatonic River while trying to get her pet dog, according to the Pittsfield Fire Department

Penny Patryn, 60, of Pittsfield and a friend were walking along the banks of the Housatonic River near Utility Drive when Patryn’s dog got away from her and fell through the ice, said Fire Capt. Daniel Garner.

While attempting to help her dog, Patryn also went through the ice and was unable to get back out of the water.

After her friend called 911, police were able to help locate the woman by tracking the source of the cell phone signal.

"They were able to narrow the search area," according to Sgt. Michael Maddalena, who said she was found south of the Holmes Road bridge.

Rescuers found Patryn in waist-deep water, holding onto a tree limb and unable to make it up the steep embankment.

She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for observation for "non-life-threatening injuries," officials said.

Garner said the dog was fine.


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