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Canine Ryker and Sheriff’s deputies locate hypothermic woman

ANTIOCH — Lake County Sheriff’s canine Ryker was able to help deputies find a woman who was stuck near a duck blind in a channel of Lake Marie, authorities said.

About 10:15 a.m. March 17, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Route 173 and Venn Road, unincorporated Antioch, for a domestic dispute, according to a news release.

The caller, a 30-year-old Racine, Wisconsin, woman, called 911 to report that she was being followed on foot by an ex-boyfriend. Sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area but were unable to find her, police said.

Sheriff’s dispatchers repeatedly tried to call the 911 caller back, but she was not answering her phone.  Due to the unknown circumstances, Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Somerville and his canine partner, Ryker, responded to the scene.  Ryker was deployed to conduct a track to search for her. 

Ryker tracked for about a mile to a channel near Lake Marie. As Ryker and sheriff’s deputies got closer to the channel, they could hear a woman calling for help. Ryker and the sheriff’s deputies waded through heavy marsh conditions and saw the woman near a duck blind about 75 yards from the shore, in a channel of Lake Marie. The woman was hypothermic from being in the water and soaking wet for one to two hours.

Sheriff’s deputies requested the assistance of the Antioch Fire Protection District, due to the watery and marshy conditions.  Firefighters arrived and used dry suits to wade to the woman and rescue her. She was transported to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, due to her exposure. She is expected to recover.

Sheriff’s deputies spoke to both the woman and the ex-boyfriend and determined the argument between them was regarding personal property that she allegedly took from him. It is likely the woman fell into the water during the incident and was unable to free herself due to the conditions. There are no indications she was pushed or forced into the water, police said.

Sheriff John D. Idleburg added, “Our deputies and our canines are truly second to none.  This is another life-saving example of how our staff works diligently to protect the community.  I am excited we are adding two additional canine teams to our Canine Unit, to make a total of seven sheriff’s canine teams.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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