Four Omaha police officers plunged into frigid Carter Lake on Sunday afternoon to save two people whose boat had capsized.
The boaters and one of the officers suffered from exposure and early stage hypothermia, said Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman. They were taken by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University Medical Center and were expected to recover fully, Tierney said.
The incident happened about 12:30 p.m.
Officer Kelly Murphy, who was on patrol in the area, happened to see the boat capsize and called for help. Four other officers — Mark Kiley, Bryant Wheatley, Jake Bettin and Nick Andrews — rushed to the lake to help. They swam 50 to 60 yards from shore to help the boaters, identified by police as Kay Dunn, 55, of Omaha and her son Nathaniel Nelson, 32.
The two could have died without the officers' quick response, said Sgt. Jeff Baker. He called their actions "exceptionally brave and decisive."
Firefighters arrived after police and offered blankets and medical care. Officer Kiley was taken to the hospital with the two boaters.
Buster, Dunn's dog, was taken to the Nebraska Humane Society for care and was to be reunited with her.