SAYVILLE, N.Y. (WPIX)—After an 11-year-old Sayville girl was dragged onto a partially frozen area of the Great South Bay by a neighbor's dog, she broke through and plunged into the frigid water, officials said Monday.
Sarah Thalhammer was walking the 1-year-old poodle/Maltese mix named Ace, when the dog ran toward the water near the end of Candee Ave.
A 911 caller reported the girl in four feet of water around 12:45 p.m.
Suffolk County police officer Matthew DeMatteo responded to the scene, and crawled onto the ice in an attempt to rescue her.
Thalhammer was roughly 50 yards from shore and unable to move by the time the DeMatteo reached her. The officer managed to pull her onto the ice -- just before both of them broke through and fell into the water again.
Chris Gonzalez, of the Sayville Community Ambulance, threw the pair a rope and firefighters successfully pulled them back onto the ice.
Both made it safely in to shore, and Emergency Medical Technicians took Thalhammer to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment.
Firefighters were also able to rescue her neighbor's dog.