Authorities have now released the identity of the Weyauwega man who drowned Wednesday afternoon while trying to rescue his dog. The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office says 30 year old Matthew T. Erickson died after going through ice on a pond off Evanswood Road, south of Weyauwega. Authorities say a 9-1-1 call at 3:52 p.m. said Erickson was in distress in the pond. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, and found Erickson in the pond around 4:10. He was pulled out by the Weyauwega Fire Department, and resuscitation efforts were begun, but were unsuccessful. Erickson was pronounced dead a short time later at ThedaCare–Waupaca Hospital. The dog got out of the pond prior to emergency personnel arriving at the scene.