HAMBURG — A 45-year-old man was hospitalized Tuesday after he was rescued by police from Heritage Lakes Quarry where he had jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue his dog, borough police said.


The incident began about 10 a.m. when the man, identified by police only as a Hamburg resident, was walking his dog near the quarry. The dog, a miniature pinscher, got loose, ran under a fence and fell over the cliff into the water.


The man then jumped off the cliff into the water in a futile effort to rescue his dog.


While that effort failed, the man was able to get himself to the edge of the quarry and held on until Patrolman Brandon Pierro of the Hamburg Police Dept. was able to pull him in.


According to police, the man was treated for hypothermia, difficulty breathing and taken to Newton Medical Center for further treatment.


Hamburg Lt. Jason Tangorra estimated the cliff to be about 25-35 feet high in the section where the man jumped. He said the man was in the water for around 15 minutes and a neighbor called 911 to summon police.


Lt. Tagorra said the section of the quarry, located off Heritage Lane, is about 100 ft deep, and the man was holding onto grasses and rocks on the edge.


Once the man was rescued, Hamburg police contacted the Franklin Police Department which assembled its Special Operations squad that deployed the department’s motorized kayak. Officer Pierro was able to drive the kayak to the area of the quarry where he retrieved the dog’s body.


The kayak used was among items received last year by the Franklin department taking advantage of a military surplus program which provides items to local police departments. The department received about $270,000 worth of goods last year.