‘Hero’ saves dog from icy lake
PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 December 2010
CHRISTMAS came early for a Worle couple whose pet was rescued from an icy lake by a ‘heroic’ dog owner.
Matt Smith plucked Daisie, a four-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, to safety after she got trapped in partially frozen water at Summer Lane.
Daisie’s owners Christine and Terry Wines, of Kingfisher Road, have hailed Matt’s actions as ‘heroic’ but the modest dad-of-two said he did what anybody would have done.
The incident happened at the beginning of the month when sub-zero temperatures had gripped the country and a sheet of ice had formed over the lake.
Christine and Terry were walking their three dogs when Daisie chased a rat on to the ice and ended up in the water – seven metres from the bank.
“Either the ice broke or she slipped off the end of the ice,” said Christine, aged 62.
“She was getting hypothermia and tried to pull herself onto the ice but every time she just slipped back into the water.”
Matt, who was walking his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, spotted a crowd of people at the lakeside and saw Daisie in trouble.
He told the Mercury: “I took my trainers off and had to break my way through the ice – it got to the point where it was so thick that I had to jump on it to break it.”
Matt, aged 34, managed to scoop up Daisie – but as soon as he handed her over to Christine he had to go back in to the lake for a second time to save his dog Lola, who had followed him in.
When he finally got out of the water Matt was given a lift home by an onlooker and the Wines rushed Daisie home to dry her off.
But Christine and Terry, who have lost two dogs of old age in the last eight weeks, were determined to find Matt to thank him for saving their beloved pet and eventually got in touch with him after putting up posters around the lake.
Christine added: “We were so glad we found him and got the chance to thank him for what he did.”
Matt, of Verbena Way, said: “If I could help someone I would no matter who they are and I would do it again in the blink of an eye.”