Dog rescued from water-filled tunnel in Proctor Park
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A two year old pitbull named Dutchess was rescued from a tunnel filling with water Wednesday in East Utica. Officials say the dog was believed to have been playing along a creek in Proctor Park shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday when she was swept into the water and carried into a tunnel stretching 80-100 feet long. The tunnel emptied into the Mohawk River, adding to the immediacy of action by rescue crews. According to Utica Assistant Fire Chief George Clark, the Swift Water Rescue Team from the Oriskany Fire Department was called in to help as the Utica Fire Department did not have the equipment needed. Dutchess could be seen by rescue crews in the tunnel, stuck on top of some type of debris within. Clark said that the water levels were 3.4 feet higher than usual due to all the recent rain. With the dog's family standing by, the situation had a happy ending, with Dutchess being pulled from the tunnel around 5:10 p.m. and was safe and sound.