Firefighters rescued an enormous human-sized dog from freezing cold waters after it fell through the ice of a reservoir.
Mumford, a 70 kg St. Bernard, was struggling to get out of icy waters and onto the shoreline of the reservoir he and his owners were walking by on February 11 in Colorado, United States.
The daft dog fell through the ice after it chased after a stone that its owner skipped across Jim Baker Reservoir, which lies in Denver, Colorado.
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Seeing their dog fall into the water, the owners called emergency service who arrived just five minutes later.
Firefighters were then able to pull Mumford out just a few minutes after that.
Captain Jason Seitz of Adams County Fire Rescue, which rescued the dog, revealed the complex method used to rescue Mumford, which starts with a firefighter donning a “Mustang Suit” that allows the wearer to keep warm in freezing temperatures.
“The rescuer is then tethered to a rope line that will have two firefighters on shore tending the line. The rescuer then walks or crawls, depending on the thickness of the ice, to the victim in the water”, he continued.
“[As the] rescuer [makes] their way to the victim, they are communicating with the victim or animal by calling it by name.
“The rescuer then enters the water to the side of the victim, proceeding to get behind the victim, and assists them out of the water and onto the shore”, he concluded.
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Once the dog was rescued, his team dried him off and his owners were able to walk him home “without any signs of trauma from the incident”.
Captain Seitz said that the best way for members of the public to help anyone who has fallen through ice is to find a landmark near the victim and call emergency services for help.
“Do not attempt to rescue [them] yourself”, he advised.
“This could cause the rescue to involve two or more victims that are needed to be rescued. The safest plan is to remain on shore and in verbal contact, if possible, with the victim or animal”, he said.
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