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WATCH: Jogger swims into frozen lake to save dog from drowning

/ 07:13 PM January 13, 2021

Darcy Pell saves a dog from drowing in a frozen lake in England, United Kingdom. Image: screengrab from Facebook/

A jogger managed to save a dog from drowning in a frozen lake before continuing his afternoon run with a friend in England, United Kingdom.

Darcy Pell, 31, however, argues that he is “not a hero,” and that he “just saw a dog in need,” as per Yorkshire Evening Post on Jan. 9.


A passerby named Paula Town witnessed Pell’s good deed and took a video of the incident, where Pell can be seen smashing through the ice in the Pontefract Park lake to get to the dog.

After grabbing the dog, he then swam to shore and reunited the poor canine with his owners.


What a hero, this complete stranger rescued this families dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park.

Posted by Paula Town on Saturday, January 9, 2021

Despite refusing to be called a hero, Pell was described as one by Town, who said on her Jan. 9 Facebook post, “What a hero, this complete stranger rescued this [family’s] dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park.”

Town said in an interview with the newspaper that she first tried to get on the ice to save the dog, but she 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 was quoted as saying. “Luckily that guy came along, he lowered himself into the water and the rest is on the video.”


Pell was then given a jacket by his jogging buddy then carried on with his run, the report said.

He meanwhile urged others not to try what he did, noting that he is an experienced cold-water swimmer and doing what he did might be dangerous to others. Ian Biong/JB


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