In Black Country, England, firefighters rescue a Labrador trapped in ice in a frozen canal.
Dexter, the chocolate Lab, was being walked by his human, Kristie Davies, at Bloxwich Wharf, Short Heath, Walsall, last Wednesday when the mischievous Labrador chased a duck across the ice.
“Dexter is normally so well-behaved, but he was startled by the duck and followed it towards the water and fell through the ice,” Davies said. Dexter dashed across the slippery surface pursuing his new feathered friend, but fell through the ice into the freezing waters.
“Dexter is normally so well-behaved, but he was startled by the duck and followed it towards the water and fell through the ice,” Davies said.
Concerned passers-by and Davies attempted to save Dexter but they were unable to lift him out of the canal. Davies’ fellow dog walker even fell into the water when she tried to rescue Dexter, who was already struggling to stay above water.
“She was very brave but the ice cracked underneath her and she fell into the water and had to climb out,’’ she said.
Fortunately, the firefighters from Willenhall and Bilston arrived just in time to pull the dogto safety.
“The fire service was brilliant. They arrived within a few minutes and managed to save Dexter. I cannot thank them enough,’’ she said.
Davies said she would have dived into the canal to try to save her beloved Labrador Retriever if the rescuers had not arrived on the scene.
“I tried to reach him and was prepared to dive in myself but then the firefighters arrived. He was struggling and very distressed and it was making me more upset. But I would have done anything to save him.”
And it seems like Davies has learned a lesson.
“I am going to make sure Dexter stays clear of the canal when we next go for a walk in that area,” she said.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said the rescuers used a portable flotation device and rescue lines to save the Labrador.
“We are glad the story had a happy ending,” he said.
Image and article source: Birmingham Mail