Columbus man dies trying to save dog in park lagoon
COLUMBUS -- A 59-year-old Columbus man died Wednesday morning after going into a park lagoon to try to save his dog, which had fallen through thin ice into the frigid water.
Randy Shelsta was pronounced dead at Columbus Community Hospital after efforts to revive him failed.
Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said Shelsta was under the water for about 30 minutes before being pulled out by rescue workers. Thalken said the lagoon is 10 to 20 feet deep in places.
Thalken said the department received a 911 call at 10:03 a.m. from a man reporting that his dog had fallen into the Pawnee Park West lagoon and he was going in after the animal.
By the time the first police officer arrived at the lagoon, Shelsta had already made one attempt to rescue his dog, returned to the bank and was making a second attempt, Thalken said.