Part-time police officer Brad Nelson responded to the call and said that he found the woman struggling, with ice up to her chest, so he tried using a rescue device that resembles a Frisbee attached to 200 feet of rope. The woman, however, was too far out to grab it on the first few throws. Putting his own life in danger, Nelson walked about 30 feet out onto the ice to close the distance, and the woman was then able to grab the rope. Her two pets were able to make it out of the water on their own and walked to shore. Once off the ice, Officer Nelson wrapped the woman in a blanket and hurried her into a warm car.