2017 is in dire need of heartwarming tales, so here’s one about a dog that fell into a frozen creek and was successfully rescued by a team of firefighters.
Last week, Denis Pilon, a fire chief at Swift Current Fire Department in Canada, shared a video on Facebook of several firefighters and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police rescuing someone’s pet dog.
“STAY OFF THE ICE!!” Pilon wrote, explaining that the dog wandered onto the ice and fell through after its owners let him run off-leash.
STAY OFF THE ICE!!Yesterday afternoon, our firefighters were busy at the creek, rescuing someone's pet. They allowed their dog to run off leash when it ventured our onto the ice and fell through. Quick action calling the fire department helped save their pet. Please keep your pets and children away from the Creek, the ice is thin and it is NOT safe.
Posted by Denis Pilon on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
To bring the dog back to shore the team secured one of the firefighters with a rope and sent him out onto the frozen water. The ice was so thin that the firefighter also fell through, but thanks to the rope he was able to recover the dog and pull it to safety.
“Quick action calling the fire department helped save their pet,” Pilon said, reminding people to proceed with caution near ice and “keep pets and children away from the creek.”
Canada’s CBC News notes that ice freezes at varying thicknesses and the should always be measured before travelled on, according to the Government of Saskatchewan.
“There should be at least 10 centimeters of ice to walk on, 20 centimeters to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 centimeters to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 centimeters for a heavy truck,” the publication reports. Though in times of doubt it’s probably best to steer clear of frozen water all together.