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A heroic woman jumped into a freezing lake to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice.

Nicola Gilroy, 36, said the passer-by saved her one-year-old cockapoo, Daisy, who had plunged into the icy depths.

The incident unfolded after she had taken her pooch and her four-year-old niece Faith for a walk last Saturday, Chronicle Live reports.

It was one of the coldest days of the year during the visit to Watergate Forest Park in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

As they headed back to the car, Daisy began chasing some ducks which then ran across the frozen lake.

The dog followed but fell into the chilly water after the ice cracked underneath her.

Fortunately, a young woman who was nearby with her husband dived in and saved her.

Other park visitors also helped, offering coats, gloves and scarves to keep the rescuer warm.

Social care worker Nicola, of Gateshead, said: "Daisy just fell into the water when the ice cracked.

"She swam as far as she could until a sheet of ice got in her way, she tried desperately to climb on top of this but couldn't. She was getting tired.

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"I was with my four-year-old niece and wanted to make sure she was safe. I couldn't leave her standing at the side of the lake on her own.

"But then a young lady came and said 'I will go and get her'. She did not hesitate at all. “

“She didn’t even think twice and made her way across the ice which cracked and she was under the water from her neck down.

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"She brought my dog back to the side and saved Daisy’s life. She was in the water for around seven to 10 minutes on a day that was recorded as the coldest day this year so far.”

Other park visitors offered coats, gloves and scarves to keep the rescuer warm.

Nicola took the rescuer to hospital, where she was checked over and discharged.

She added: "I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for how courageous, brave and kind she was.

"At a time when things are hard enough, it is so refreshing to know there are still so many people that would put themselves out to help others.

“I can't thank them enough for what they all did. This is something I will never forget."

Park visitor Neil Callender also had to jump into the same lake last Saturday to rescue a different dog which had fallen through the ice.

  • Dogs
  • Animals
  • UK Weather

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