Dog rescued from frozen lake by firefighters

Wharf Lane, Portbury

Firefighters have rescued a dog from a frozen lake after the animal fell through the ice.

When crews arrived they found Clifford the Collie/Jack Russell cross, in the middle of the lake treading water. It’s thought he had been there for around 45 minutes and the water was approximately four feet deep.

Firefighters wearing dry suits broke the ice on the lake and waded into the water with their rescue sled. When they reached the animal they assisted it on to the sled and brought it to safety. It was then reunited with its owner and appeared to be unharmed.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to praise the actions of the owner who did not attempt to rescue the dog and risk falling through the ice. Instead she dialled 999 and asked for the fire and rescue service.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the dangers of frozen lakes and ponds. As the winter weather takes hold the service is urging people to take care when out and about.

Fortunately in this case the dog and the owner were unharmed but had the owner entered the water it may have been a different story.

While the ice may appear to look thick and able to take your weight, that may not be the case and just a few seconds in freezing water could quickly lead to hypothermia and unconsciousness.