A woman in the United Kingdom almost lost her life trying to save three dogs, Cambridge News
reports. The incident has highlighted the importance of leaving animal rescue
efforts to the professionals.
According to the news outlet, the woman, who has remained unidentified, followed her three pets onto a frozen body of water. It was then that the ice broke and she fell into the water.
Luckily, the victim was able to drag herself out and rest at a nearby island. Officials used an inflatable path to reach the woman and her four-legged friends.
Paul Clarke, station manager for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, stressed the need for pet owners to call for help in these situations.
"If you see an animal or a person struggling in icy water, do not try and help them yourself, instead dial 999 and ask for the fire service," he told the news source.
While the outcome of this incident was a happy one, not everyone is so lucky. According to the Chicago Tribune, authorities believe that a 64-year-old Missouri man passed away this past weekend after trying to rescue his dog from a pond.