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Two brothers die trying to save dog from lake

Two brothers died while trying to rescue their dog from an icy Northern California lake.

The men were identified by the Shasta County Coroner’s office as Noel Smith, 38, of Burney, and Nathan Smith, 32, of Citrus Heights, according to the Record Searchlight in Redding.

Three men — all believed to be brothers, possibly on a fishing trip — went into the water after their dog fell through the ice, which was about three inches thick, at the Big Lake boat launch in McArthur. One managed to swim back to shore, but is suffering severe hypothermia.

Paramedics were unable to revive the other two, who had been submerged for several minutes under the icy water as firefighters and volunteers searched for them in a duck hunter’s boat.

Rescuers located the two men and performed CPR, but were unable to revive them.

The dog survived and was later found on shore.


Comment from patzy
Time December 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Bless these men and RIP. They loved their dog like family (as it should be) My heart goes out to their families and I hope the dog has a long life and will be a living memorial for these wonderful men.

Comment from Mischelle Shelley
Time January 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I knew Noel. He was a blessing to my life. His wife Lisa was a blessing to me too. I am sad for the loss of this wonderful life.