Safety warning after dog owner plunges into icy lake

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is warning people of the dangers of entering open waters after a dog owner risked his life to save his pet.

A Technical Rescue Officer was called to Peel Park, in Bradford, at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon to reports that a man was threatening to go in the water after his terrier dog had fallen through ice on the lake.

On arrival the middle aged man had carried out his intentions and fortunately managed to return himself and his canine back to dry land safely.

Technical Rescue Officer Chris Lawton said: “In this instance the dog owner walked away unharmed other than being drenched by freezing water. His dog also fortunately survived.

“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.”