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Hunter rescued after falling through ice, spending 30 minutes in frigid Colorado River

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A hunter gestures his dog away today as he waits in the Colorado River for rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 in Mesa County, Colo. The man fell in while retrieving a goose he shot. Grand Junction Fire Department and Lower Valley Fire Department responded to the scene to rescue the man, who reportedly had been in the water for nearly 30 minutes. (AP Photo/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Dean Humphrey) MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

A hunter who broke through ice on the Colorado River has been rescued after spending more than 30 minutes in frigid water.

Lower Valley Fire District Chief Frank Cavaliere (cav-uh-LEER') says the man, believed to be age 60, was treated for hypothermia.

Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page says the man had gone onto the ice after a dog that was retrieving a duck or goose around noon Tuesday. Cavaliere says other hunters saw the man fall and called 911. The dog was fine and running around in the 14-degree weather when firefighters arrived.

KKCO-TV in Grand Junction reports (http://bit.ly/107zHtx ) the man held onto an ice shelf with one leg outside the water until a firefighter with a floating board swam out and helped him to shore.

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Information from: KKCO-TV, http://www.nbc11news.com

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