Man Drowns While Trying To Rescue Dog


An autopsy was scheduled for Monday in hopes of learning more about a man who drowned while he was trying to rescue a dog.

Jeffrey Bard, 46, fell into the 41 degree water Sunday at about noon and never came back up, 10TV's Jason Frazer reported.

His body was pulled from the water after four hours of searching Clear Fork Reservoir.

Lance Cooke, a friend, said that he finished duck hunting in the area when he noticed that his dog, Maggie, disappeared.

According to Cooke, another boater said that the dog fell into the water.

Bard, who was not wearing a life jacket, then apparently fell into the water in hopes of retrieving the dog, Frazer reported.

"It's very cold," said Clear Fork Reservoir police Chief Gary Foster.  "As soon as (Bard) hit the water, he was in trouble."

Dozens of police officers and boaters searched for Bard before his body was recovered.  

The dog survived, Frazer reported.

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