Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015 on 2:16 pm

Man from Bradford jumps into icy lake to rescue beloved pet

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A man from Bradford plunged into a freezing lake to save his terrier dog who had fallen through the ice.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) was alerted to the incident that took place in Bradford’s Peel Park yesterday afternoon.

They received reports that a man was threatening to go into the water after his dog.

Technical rescue officer Chris Lawton arrived to the scene and found that the man had already carried out his intentions and managed to return himself and his canine back to dry land safely.

Fortunately, both escaped unharmed.

But officer Chris Lawton advised: “We know that owners often hold incredible emotional attachment to their pets, however, you should never follow them into open water, especially at this time of year.

“The extreme cold can bring on sudden cardiac arrest and even if you think you are a strong swimmer, jumping into icy water can cause muscle spasm due to shock.

“Hypothermia will also set in rapidly through exposure to the cold and before you know it you are in big trouble.”

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