Hero runner smashes through ice to save drowning dog trapped in frozen lake

A runner has been praised for saving a drowning dog after it got trapped in a frozen lake under freezing temperatures.

Park-goer Paula Town filmed the moment of the incredible rescue when she was walking in the Pontefract Park in West Yorkshire on Saturday, January 9.

She posted the footage on Facebook to praise the man's brave act for helping a family out.

The video shows the man, who is wearing a bright orange top, smashing the thin ice in the lake as he makes his way to the black dog, a few metres away from the kerb.

In the clip, the helpless canine is seen trapped in the water surrounded by the ice.

It is seen hanging its body around the edge while waiting for rescue.

The man quickly grabs holds of the dog and brings it back to the edge of the lake before handing it to its owners.

Paula and other passers-by clap to thank the runner for saving the dog's life.

She wrote in the post: "What a hero, this complete stranger rescued this family's dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park."

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She also told Yorkshire Evening Post: "When we got to the lake, I could see a dog in the water, it was trying to get onto the ice but kept falling back in.

"I felt panic-stricken and scoured the side of the lake for a lifebuoy but couldn't find one.

"Luckily that guy came along, he lowered himself into the water and the rest is on the video."

The runner later commented on a local community group and said he carried on his run after the rescue and admitted that he is not a hero.

He wrote: "Not a hero just saw a dog in need. Luckily swim in cold/icy water as a hobby and know the risks it can cause.

"Carried on my run after so no big deal. Was given a jacket by my run buddy. Obviously wouldn't recommend people doing the same.

"Just glad the dog was happy to carry on its walk after."

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