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Man In Underwear Crawls Over Frozen River To Rescue His Dog

13 February 2012 BBC News updated at 16:35 ET

Firefighters have said an Essex man who stripped to his underwear and crawled across thin ice to rescue his dog is lucky to be alive. Sunday's rescue on the River Stour at Dedham, near Colchester, was captured on camera by a passer-by. It has led to fresh safety warnings to dog owners not to go into freezing water after their pets.

A man who stripped down to his underwear and crawled across a frozen river to rescue his trapped dog has been condemned by firefighters.

According to an eyewitness, the man fell into the River Stour, in Dedham, Essex, at about 10:00 GMT on Sunday but managed to climb out with the animal.

Fellow dog walker Paul Wenborne, who witnessed the incident, described it as a "foolish act of bravery".

An Essex Fire Service spokesman said: "This was extremely dangerous."

Fish porter Mr Wenborne, 52, of Rayleigh, Essex,

Added: Feb-13-2012 Occurred On: Feb-13-2012
By: Verstand
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Tags: citizen, captures, photos, man in underwear, crawls, frozen river, rescue, dog, foolish act, bravery, bbc news, crazy, wtf, dangerous
Location: Dedham, England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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