‘Hero’ who launched himself into frozen lake to save drowning dog breaks silence
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A man who saved a dog from a frozen lake has modestly refuted suggestions that he is a hero.
Darcy Bell jumped into a lake in Pontefract Park after noticing a pet struggling in the water.
The 31-year-old had been running with his neighbour when he noticed a commotion coming from the lake, Yorkshire Live reported.
While at first the Yorkshire man thought the dog was getting out on its own, he realised that it was in fact stuck in the freezing cold water.
Darcy's instincts took over and he jumped into the Pontefract lake.
He said: "I began to run back down instantly.
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"I'd initially thought that the people nearest would be able to get him out but the dog had gone further out.
"I couldn't hesitate – I jumped straight in and made my way to the increasingly stressed dog.
"I want people to know – cold water swimming is something I'm used to as an athlete.
"I wouldn't recommend anyone to do – it can induce cold water shock which can be fatal.
"I had thought that the people nearby had been looking for a stick or something similar to help the pooch but it appeared there was nothing nearby.
"So I smashed through the ice without really thinking about it.
"It was a case of being in the right place at the right time."
Unbeknown to Darcy, a bystander had begun to film his heroic actions in disbelief, as he saved the animal.
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Paula Town posted her footage online stating: "What a hero, this complete strange rescued this family's dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park."
Darcy said he did not save the dog for "a pat on the back" and was merely following his instincts.
"I literally pushed the dog back to the side so it could get itself out. It was a small black dog, a cocker-poo maybe," he continued.
"I didn't really register the people around – my neighbour offered his jacket and we carried on with our run.
"It was nice to get the thanks but I wanted to make sure people know – it's not something you should do unless you're used to cold water.
"A stick or similar would be better, as it wouldn't put anyone else in danger.
"I personally think there should be safety barriers around the lake to prevent things like this happening again."