Animal lover risks life by diving into freezing lake and swimming 20 yards to rescue drowning dog

A woman risked her life by plunging into a frozen lake in Hull’s East Park to rescue a drowning dog.

The hero jumped into the icy waters after spotting the hound frantically paddling 20 yards away from the lake’s embankment.

Onlookers say that the unidentified woman forced her way through blocks of ice to reach the canine, believed to be a white bulldog, before dragging it back to safety at around 12pm.

The hero jumped into the icy waters after spotting the hound frantically paddling 20 yards away from the lake's embankment

The hero jumped into the icy waters after spotting the hound frantically paddling 20 yards away from the lake's embankment

The hero jumped into the icy waters after spotting the hound frantically paddling 20 yards away from the lake’s embankment

The owner of the dog is said to belong to an elderly man, according to HullLive.

One eyewitness said: ‘I think an old gentlemen lost his dog and it had jumped in the lake and couldn’t get back out. 

‘The dog became really distressed, the water must have been very cold and freezing.

‘A woman then came along, broke the ice in front of her and jumped in. She swam 20 yards out into the middle of the lake and then brought the dog back with her.

The woman dove into the freezing lake wearing only a t-shirt and trousers, has been lauded a hero

The woman dove into the freezing lake wearing only a t-shirt and trousers, has been lauded a hero

The woman, who dove into the freezing lake wearing only a t-shirt and trousers, has been lauded a hero

‘I heard all the commotion, looked over and just got in the water and broke the ice to get to the dog.’

The canine was seemingly nonplussed by its aquatic adventure and wrung itself dry.

The woman, who dove into the freezing lake wearing only a t-shirt and trousers, has been lauded a hero.

Park-goers helped the woman out of the lake and covered her with coats as the dog wrung itself dry

Park-goers helped the woman out of the lake and covered her with coats as the dog wrung itself dry

Park-goers helped the woman out of the lake and covered her with coats as the dog wrung itself dry

Park-goers helped her out of the lake and covered her with coats.   

Another eyewitness said: ‘At one time I thought she was going under, but she managed to get out of the water. She was very brave.

‘She struggled at one point, but got to the dog and back in the end. She did really well, it was amazing.’

 

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