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Cottager uses mop to save ATV rider from lake 

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JOELLE KOVACH, QMI AGENCY
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BUCKHORN, Ont. ─ An Ontario cottager who saved a man who'd fallen through the ice on Friday says there was only one tool used in the rescue: a household mop.
Dan Greene was at his Buckhorn Lake cottage around 5 p.m. Friday when he looked out his window and saw a man driving an all-terrain vehicle on the ice.
One moment the man was fine and the next he was submerged.
Greene, 54, said he frantically tried finding a piece of rope or something he could use to pull the man out but turned up nothing.
So he grabbed a red-handled mop from the kitchen and ran for the shoreline.
He still can't believe it worked. He figures the man probably weighs somewhere between 280 and 300 pounds.
"Just a mop handle and a 300-pound guy," he said. "I don't know how we did it."
Greene said first he ran about 40 or 50 feet out onto the ice toward the submerged man and the ATV, and got close enough to go down on his belly and extend the mop head.
The man ─ a stranger whose name Greene never got ─ managed to grab onto the mop and allow himself to be pulled from the water.
But then the ice cracked under his weight and he plunged in again.
Greene said he tried extending the mop a second time and the same thing happened.
By then Greene was worried for his own safety, but third time was the charm. The man was wet and freezing, but safe.
That's when Greene ran up to his cottage, called 911 and grabbed some blankets. He said emergency crews were there in no time to take it from there.
"They were excellent," Greene said of the firefighters, police and paramedics who arrived. "And they told him he was a lucky guy."
Buckhorn Lake is about 173 km northeast of Toronto.
joelle.kovach@sunmedia.ca