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why the FFF ended early for me

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This story is kinda a long but worth reading. If you don't really want to read much just read the blue part to find out why it ended early.

Well my first First Fish Folly has been quite an eventful one. I arrived at my summer house in Monticello, IN to find that the lake in front of my house was frozen. So my dad and I cut a little hole and chummed it a little bit in hopes that if all else failed we could resort back to it. So after being a little torn about that my dad and I went out scouting for a new site. After a couple of hours we settled on a plan. We started fishing the Tippeacanoe River at 12. It was a bit chilly but we built a fire and had blankets. We stayed there for a couple of hours. We had no luck there, not even a bite. So then we packed up and decided we'd give that hole back at my house a shot. Well after sitting out in the cold for some time I didn't feel to well. So we went in my house for a bit. By this time it's morning and my mom was making breakfast. All of the sudden she's screaming about a dog. It turns out my neighbors dog fell through the ice and was trapped under the ice and drowning. My dad took an axe and tried breaking the around it but it kept swimming around looking for away to get out and my mom ran to get the neighbor. After a couple of minutes( i think everything happenend so fast) the dog was starting to sink and go under. By that time i was fed up with tring to break the ice, so I slid through the hole we made before. I swam underneath the ice and got the dog. My dad picked him up from me and tried working on him while I got out of the water. Well turns out being a lifeguard has it's benifits. As soon as I got out I started CPR on the dog. After working with the dog for awhile I brought him back. I had my dad get blankets and I wrapped the dog up. After making sure she was doing ok my neighbor took her back home and I told him she should probably go to the vet. Which they did shortly after. I am glad to say that the dog is still alive, but that was the end of my fishing. My mom was too worried about me getting sick that I wasn't allowed to go outside. So sadly I wasn't very successful, catching nothing, but at least I saved the dogs life.

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Wow... that's very impressive. And (no offense) reckless. Did you have a rope or something to hold on to?

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Guest Amber

well i did ask my dad if i could go in after her, but i don't think i waited for a reply, but no i didn't have a rope, i had no time to get one

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I received this story from Amber by e-mail, and I have to say my jaw dropped to the floor when reading it... I hereby designate Amber as the "FFF hero of the day"!! :D:D:D

And for this heroic (yet somewhat reckless indeed) act... Well, I had a surprise gift for the FFF ready for some special achievement. Well, I know who's won it... And you'll see, it's really well suited for Amber's story! Will give more details later. :D

Now, Amber, please make my day and stay home in a warm environment for a couple of days?

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Guest big Raymie

i gotta say brave but real dumb amber, in my earlier life i was an artic rescue and recovery specialist and i got to tell you ive never seen or heard of anybody and i mean anybody who went under the ice coming back. It takes a specialist and lots of equipment and training to sucessfully recover even a cadavar, So hopefully this was your one dumb descision in life and you wont repeat it.

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Guest Amber

yes I know it wasn't the most logical thing risking my life for a dogs, but that's what i had to do. I was lucky enough that the the water and ice were very clear and the water wasn't too deep. It may be dumb to you but I wasn't just going to sit around and watch her die. You probably wouldn't be telling me I was dumb if it was a person, but to me it's the same thing. Yeah sure it may be a dog, but this dog has a life, a family, and she is loved.

" We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ Immanuel Kant

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I agree completely with you Amber, but you could have guessed that.

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I'm proud of you young lady, and tickled pink that we have the likes of you in CAG...now listen to Jerome.....stay home...we need you !!!!

How you going to get to college in TEXAS if you keep pulling stunts like that?? :D

are you kidding???not successful????

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Let me add a slightly different perspective, based on the "FFF special gift" that Amber undoubtedly won.

The gift is the movie derived from the incredible survival story of Ernest Shackleton who stayed stranded in Antarctica for 10 months. After the most amazing ordeal, he survived and actually most of his crew. No need to say there was a lot of frozen water in this story...

What I am getting at is that acts of bravery from extraordinary people are usually not linked to the most "reasonable" behavior (in retrospect). I would tend to believe that we're getting close to the definition of bravery here...

So although I would certainly NOT recommend that anybody tried to repeat Amber's stunt, and that I'm as frightened as one can be about what could have been the outcome, fact is she pulled it off. And this was pretty brave...

Now, Amber, you'll receive this DVD within a couple of weeks, but please... don't go fishing in Antarctica... <_<

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Amber -

Thank God you rescued the dog AND thank God you are still alive to tell us about it. I'm sure the folks who are pointing out how reckless the act was, are simply concerned for your well being. In this case, all turned out extremely well.

Just this year, though, Ft. Worth Texas had nearly an entire family drown at an ornamental water park. One youngster fell in, a friend jumped in to save the child. Then a sibling jumped in to try and save the would be rescuer. Finally the father of the two rescuers jumped in. All 4 people drowned.

I know we are all pleased that the dog and especially you survived. Imagine, though, it could have been much different. The dog, you, and your father could have met a much less pleasant fate.

Congrats on your success, but please be careful.

Happy New Years!

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Guest big Raymie

as brian points out, its often the would be rescuer who drowns as well. Believe it or not but the recommended thing to do is actually to get help, as there have been cases of people going hypothermic in the water and when they are recovered from the ice being revived. ONce again ill say you were brave but dumb, no matter if it was a child or a dog, never go under the ice, its harder for a recovery of two patients than it is for one.

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Guest Sodbury Steve

Amber

you are truly bonkers enough to qualify as a carp angler :D:D

that is one lucky mutt.....

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Guest Amber

i guess i should resign as the "FFF hero of the day", i don't deserve it anymore. my neighbor just called and told me the dog passed on. He said she was getting weaker and weaker as they went to the vent. She died 5 min before he got to the vet in layfette. The vet said she had internal damage from being under water so long and she would have never made it. i feel so stupid,i thought i actually saved her, my heart hurts....

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That's very sad that the dog did not pull through Amber :D . but you are an incredibly courageous girl. Diving into icy cold water could have killed you in minutes. You're Lucky there wasn't a current to pull you under the plate of ice or weeds to tangle you. Thank God. I am in awe of you, really.

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IM amazed I just saw this thread! Amber, I can imagine how you felt at the time, but you gotta be careful. You are a courageous girl, and am sorry the dog didnt pull through. You are brave...please be careful though!

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Amber,

Sorry to hear that the dog didn't make it....While Jackie and I were fishing, we heard the screech of brakes and a DULL thud, Jackie bolted up, and I followed her.....a dalmation had been hit, and was bleeding profusely,,,,,she stayed with the dog while I tried to signal cars away from the spot,,,Jackie was almost hit by some MORON doing about 70 in a 45 MPH lane while she nursed the animal, and I attempted to get cars the heck out of the way or at least "slow " down,,,,her attemts were fruitless as well, when the police finally arrived, the animal that was hit had expired..but she was fortunate enough to save the other dog that was running with the one that got hit...

Yes, Amber her act ( staying there in traffic) and your act, just jumping in, irrespective of the outcomes were acts of heroism...ONE DOES NOT PERFORM AN ACT OF HEROISM FOR FAME, OR FORTUNE...ONE PERFORMS ACTS OF HEROISIM BECAUSE IT IS IN THE THREAD OF THE FABRIC THAT THEY ARE MADE OF!!!!!!!

yes, the outome could have been better,,,in both cases, but that is NOT what a HERO makes........you did what you felt you had to do, at the time you had to do it !!!!!

STAND PROUD !!!!!!!

GaldYou're still with us,,,could have been a different story as Brian so stated.

and Im pleased as punch you're in CAG!!!!

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Guest The Kernel

Hey Amber

Maybe you should think about joining these guys? This is the local reservoir today:

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Today me and Carpal Funnel witnessed a deer that feel threw the ice at at local reservoir...It took the fire department about 45 minutes to get the little guy out..So Carpal took some nice pictures and maybe if he turned them the right way you could see. :D:D ....... :D:D Amber i am sorry that the dog didn't pull threw but you tried and did all you can do..Just thank GOD you are O.K.. :D:D

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Guest The Kernel

If you look closely in the upper left hand side of the image you can just about see the deer disapearing into the woodland.... :D:D:D

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Amber

good to know that you are ok, sorry to hear about the dog :D

i've never been in situation like that, so i don't know what would be

my reaction, but good that you are ok

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