Fire and paramedic officers carried out a dramatic rescue mission after a poor pooch fell through the ice when he ran onto a frozen lake in Winnipeg, Canada.
By, 8 Nov 2019
The dog had been enjoying walkie time through an off-leash dog park when it suddenly ran across the ice.
After falling into the lake, the dog struggled to make its way back to land. The distressed owner called the emergency services, who arrived on the scene just a few minutes later.
A dramatic rescue
Equipped with an inflatable rescue dingy, a team of firefighters and paramedics made their way across the lake before pulling the pooch out of the freezing water.
Back on dry land, the dog shakes himself off and then carries on with his walkies. A short video of the rescue was posted on the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Facebook page.
WFPS crews rescued a dog from a frozen pond today. Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs on leash around frozen waterways to prevent them from chasing geese onto the ice - ice surfaces are thin and fragile, and falling into ice-cold water can be deadly. Des sauveteurs de la Ville ont secouru un chien tombé dans un bassin couvert de glace aujourd’hui. Tenez votre chien en laisse près des cours d’eau gelés afin qu’il ne coure pas sur la glace pour chasser les oies. La glace est fragile. Tomber dans l’eau gelée peut être fatal.Posted by City of Winnipeg – Municipal Government on Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Although this pup was left unharmed by the incident, rescuers took the opportunity to remind dog owners about the dangers of frozen lakes. The post read:
"Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs on leash around frozen waterways to prevent them from chasing geese onto the ice – ice surfaces are thin and fragile.”
Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon in the UK, and they can have deadly consequences. In February last year, a 60-year-old man from London died after jumping into a frozen lake to rescue his beloved dog.
Important advice for owners
Around the same time, a young boy had a lucky escape after he found himself trapped on a frozen lake when the ice began to break up. Thankfully, firefighters were able to rescue the boy and his dog.
Prevention is always the best option, so keep your dog on a leash when walking around lakes this winter. But if they ever do get in trouble, call 999 straight away and let the experts do their job.