Arbroath dog rescued from thin ice

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It was a lucky escape for an Arbroath dog after firefighters waded through ice on Keptie Pond to save the stranded pooch on Saturday.

The owner of the dog told the Dundee control room that it had chased a duck across the pond and had subsequently fallen through the thin ice.

Recognising the danger the owner would have been in had they attempted to rescue the animal, control sent a crew from Arbroath to assist.

Bystanders and well wishers praised the efforts of the crew after Murray Lockhart caught the action on camera and posted the video on community facebook forum ‘Arbroath Online’.

Mr Lockhart said: I was passing Keptie Pond and caught on camera the fire service rescuring the cocker spaniel who’d gone through the ice and was stuck.

“After a while the dog was brought back to dry land and after being rubbed down seemed to be ok.”

The local knowledge of the firefighters allowed them to affect the safe rescue of the dog utilising their wet weather equipment, lifejackets and large axes as they broke the ice and waded through the pond to reach the dog. The owner was extremely grateful and thanked firefighters for their efforts.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Angus are reminding people to be aware of the dangers around frozen stretches of water at this time of year following Saturday’s incident.

Station Manager Fraser Scott said: “We would advise all members of the public to be aware of the dangers of thin ice during the winter season.

“We would advise against walking on the ice and ensure that children and dogs, in particular, are kept well away from any iced over ponds or rivers.

“It’s probably safer to keep you dog on a leash when passing any stretch of frozen water.”