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Grand Junction hunter rescued after 30 minutes in frigid Colorado river

The dog of a Grand Junction hunter tries to help his owner after he fell through the ice in the Colorado River on Jan. 15, 2013. (Photo: Viewer)

The dog of a Grand Junction hunter tries to help his owner after he fell through the ice in the Colorado River on Jan. 15, 2013. (Photo: Viewer)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –  A hunter who broke through ice on the Colorado River was rescued Tuesday after spending more than 30 minutes in frigid water.

According to KKCO, Lower Valley Fire District Chief Frank Cavaliere said the Grand Junction man, believed to be age 60, was treated for hypothermia.

Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page says the man had gone onto the ice after a dog that was retrieving a duck or goose around noon Tuesday. Cavaliere says other hunters saw the man fall and called 911. The dog was fine and running around in the 14-degree weather when firefighters arrived.

The man reportedly held onto an ice shelf with one leg outside the water until a firefighter with a floating board swam out and helped him to shore.