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Man Crawls Across Frozen River To Rescue Dog

February 13, 2012 by staff 

Man Crawls Across Frozen River To Rescue Dog, The dog walker was photographed slowly edging his way across the frozen River Stour in the village of Dedham, Essex, to save his pet.

However, he ended up having to swim to safety after the ice suddenly gave way and the man fell in to the freezing water 30ft from the bank.

He managed to haul his small terrier-type dog onto the ice before clambering back to dry land.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service condemned the man’s actions as “extremely dangerous”.

Paul Wenborne, 52, another dog walker who witnessed the incident, said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“I was with two friends and we’d been talking about what we’d do if one of our dogs went in just before we saw this bloke.

“We were saying how you’d have to be mad to go in after them.

“You always hear about people dying doing stuff this. It really was a foolish act of bravery.”

Mr Wenborne, from Rayleigh, Essex, added: “When the dog went out on the ice you could see what was going to happen.

“We watched the man go out there. In fairness to him, at first he was on his stomach, so he was spreading his weight out.

“Then we watched him crawl but as he got a yard or so away from the dog the ice gave way and he just went straight through the ice.

“He managed to get hold of the dog and put it on the ice.

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