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Woman Swept Away By Water While Trying To Save Dog

May 25th, 2007, 03:50 PM
LOVELAND, Colo. -- A woman was swept away in an irrigation ditch Thursday afternoon when she fell in trying to save her dog, Loveland fire officials said.

The 47-year-old woman was found facedown about a half-mile downstream and was taken to McKee Medical Center. She was listed in critical condition Thursday night. Authorities have not released her name.

Officials said the woman and her friend were riding horses at CR-29 and Leslie Drive West just west of Loveland when she realized her dog was no longer beside her. She got off her horse and went down to the bank of the irrigation ditch.

"They found her dog struggling in the water, and somewhere in the process of rescuing her dog, she became a victim herself," said Ty Drage from Loveland Fire Rescue.

The dog was taken to the CSU veterinary hospital. It scratched up its front paws but is otherwise OK, fire officials said.

Pete Sakala alerted rescuers after noticing the unconscious woman tangled on a tree log where the irrigation channel runs through his property.

"I hope she's going to make it," Sakala told 7NEWS Reporter Lane Lyon Thursday.

Saddened neighbors say they routinely saw the woman walking her dog or riding through the area on her horse.