THIS is the dramatic moment a brave man waded into a frozen lake to rescue a stricken dog.
The black Labrador plunged through the ice into freezing waters after walking onto the frozen lake at Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve.
Temperatures had plunged lower than minus three degrees when the drama unfolded on Thursday.
The dog was desperately trying to get itself back on the ice when a passer-by waded into the icy waters, breaking the ice allowing the dog to get back to the shore.
Fire chiefs praised the hero – but said the dangers of water must never be under-estimated.
The incident happened just days before the body of a man was discovered on Fleetwood beach – - believed to be missing dad Paul Morris from South Shore, who was swept into the sea when walking his dog on the Promenade in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The eyewitness who managed to capture the drama on camera said: “The rescuer broke the ice as he moved through the water until he reached the dog.
THIS was the dramatic moment when a brave man waded into a frozen lake to rescue a stricken dog.
An eyewitness said the man didn’t hesitate for a moment when it became clear that the stranded animal needed help at Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve. The drama unfolded last week when temperatures in Fleetwood plummeted to minus three degrees.
The lake was frozen over and the black dog became stuck when it wandered on to the thin ice which cracked and broke underneath it.
Panicking to get out, the dog was desperately trying to get itself back on the ice but instead found itself surrounded by it while its owner watched on.
The eyewitness who managed to capture the drama on camera said: “The rescuer could see the dog was distressed and broke the ice as he moved through the water until he reached the dog.
“He could see it was in trouble and didn’t hesitate - he certainly wouldn’t let its owner go in herself.
“The water must go quite deep and he was soon up to his waist. He eventually met the dog in the water and guided it back to shore.
“It was a heroic thing to do.”
Neil Taylor, Fleetwood Fire Station’s service manager said: “Although this was a brave thing to do, we would advise extreme caution in water.
“On this occasion the outcome ended favourably and while not saying the man was foolish in what he did our advice would be to take extreme care in freezing water.
“We have staff trained in water rescue and all too easily the result can end tragically.
“Although the water in this situation was quit shallow, it isn’t worth the risk.”
The Nature Reserve, off Jameson Road, is popular with dog walkers and features a natural lake which has a pathway around it.
The half acre site is run by Lancashire County Council and has undergone improvements to pathways which connect to the Wyre Way coastal route.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said people should be extra careful near water, particularly in wintery weather conditions.