A dad has been called a “hero” for jumping into a frozen lake to save his family’s beloved pet dog, though the rescue left his wife and stepdaughter in fits of laughter.
Ste and Helen Cotton were out for a walk with their dog Trudy, an 11-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, during the Covid-19 lockdown in Walton Hall Park in Liverpool.
Trudy wandered out onto the ice and made her way to the middle of the lake, where she fell into the frigid water and was unable to pull herself out.
Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, former lifeguard Ste, 48, then waded out into the lake, grabbed the dog and carried her over his shoulder while his family and others looked on and laughed, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Helen said: “Me and my husband go walking everyday as part of our daily exercise.
“Trudy has never ever gone near a lake so we were quite shocked.
“Yesterday my daughter decided to join us with her dog and her dog kept going over and sniffing the lake and I don’t know whether Trudy got interested.
“She went over and had a sniff herself, realised it was hard so that she could walk on the ice and just ran off into the middle of the lake.
“As you can imagine as soon as she got to the middle the ice just collapsed so she went in.
“She wasn’t big enough to break the ice to make her way back so she was stuck.
Helen added: “It was the look of realisation on Ste’s face when he was going to have to go in. It was the funniest thing. He just looked as if to say ‘I’ve got to go in here’.
“At the beginning of course there was cause for concern when she went in. We all got scared, but Ste didn’t hesitate.
“When he got hold of Trudy, that’s when we started laughing. My daughter is quite a mischievous person anyway so as soon as she saw him going in, she grabbed the phone to film.
“I was laughing with a nervous laugh but she was just hysterical but once he rescued her it was all fine and fun and games then.
“There were quite a few people who gathered around and applauded him when he got out.”
Trudy was given a warm bath at home after the incident and has shown no signs of poor health.
Helen said: “If Ste hadn’t of gone and got her she wouldn’t have got out, she couldn’t get anywhere, she couldn’t break the ice. He’s my hero.”