Christmas swimmers save drowning dog
Winter swimmers taking a Boxing Day dip have become overnight heroes after saving a drowning dog.
The group known as ‘Walruses’ from Środa Śląska were taking their annual festive plunge when they spotted the floundering pooch after it had fallen through the lake’s thin icy covering.
Seeing the dog losing strength and disappearing under the water, the Walruses sprang into action.
Ploughing their way through the ice, the group made their way towards the howling mutt 40 metres offshore.
One of the men involved win the rescue told local broadcaster TVN24: “I came up with the idea to slowly break the ice and make my way towards the dog.
“About 10 meters from him, I had a small crisis and I thought it would not work.
“But I heard the dog howling like he was crying and it spurred me to move on.
“My brother joined me and two other friends. We crushed this ice with our bodies, cutting and bruising us, but it worked.”
The group has now been flooded with praise on social media where the photos have gone viral.
One delighted Facebook user posted: “Big applause for our Walrus Heroes who, without hesitating, went to help. Great rescue operation."
Another commented: “Bravo for Walruses. Big RESPECT.”
While yet another said simply: “I am proud of our Walrus Heroes.”