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Police officers in England patrolling a nature reserve had to respond immediately today, Dec. 13, after a dog and its parent became in difficulty in a frozen Lake. Yorkshire Post reported.
South Yorkshire Police officers were present at the Silverwood nature reserveA woman shouted for help near Rotherham and she went over to investigate. She went into a frozen lake After her dog had fallen through the ice while chasing a Swan, she rescued her puppy.
Both dogs and cats are safe
“PC Jamie Walker entered the lake and grabbed the dog who was frantically treading water. And then helped the woman who was knee-deep in the lake while holding her second dog”, said South Yorkshire Police.
“After speaking to the woman, officers understood how the dog was being walked off its lead when it started to chase after a swan. And as the swan flew off, it broke the ice and the dog followed it into the lake.”
Inspector Lee Carlson stated: “We share a multitude of advice as the cold weather approaches, but it’s important that people don’t think ‘that won’t happen to me’.
“With the increase in freezing conditions even your routine that you have done every day may need to change. This could be as simple as walking your dog with a leash.
“This incident is a reminder of how easy it can be to get into difficulty and distress in open water. Please be wary of the dangers, be vigilant, and stay safe.”
Safety is the first priority
“This incident had a good outcome, everyone was safe, albeit some soggy footwear,” said PC Walker after drying off, changing his clothes, and continuing his shift. “However it could have been very different as we have seen from the absolutely devastating tragedy in Solihull this week.”
“Please know where your children are playing, their usual safe places may not be safe now winter has arrived. And be aware on your regular, local walks with your dogs – as the seasons change, so do the risks.”