A man out for a run in a park in the north of England saw a dog drowning in icy waters, and plunged into the frozen lake to save it, in an incredible video captured Saturday.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, 31-year-old Darcy Pell said he was “not a hero — just saw a dog in need” in relaying his not-so-ordinary day running in Pontefract Park in the West Yorkshire town sharing the park’s name.
The article noted that in the video, he can be “seen smashing through the ice in Pontefract Park lake before grabbing hold of the dog, which appeared to have fallen through the ice and was stuck. He then swims back to the edge of the lake with the dog before handing it over to its owners.”
Paula Town posted footage of the rescue online, saying: “What a hero, this complete stranger rescued this family’s dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park. When we got to the lake, I could see a dog in the water, it was trying to get onto the ice but kept falling back in. I felt panic-stricken and scoured the side of the lake for a life buoy but couldn’t find one.”
She then noted, “Luckily that guy came along, he lowered himself into the water and the rest is on the video.”
The article cautioned that Pell is an experienced cold-water swimmer, making the rescue all the more remarkable, as he just happened along when the dog needed him, and he had the knowledge and practice to retrieve the dog safely.