A quick-thinking dog lover has insisted he is 'not a hero' after he jumped into a freezing lake and smashed through glass to save a drowning pooch.
Darcy Bell, 31, was out running with his neighbour yesterday (Saturday, January 9) when he saw a dog struggling in the icy lake in the park in Pontefract.
He has recalled to Yorkshire Live how his instinct took over and he sprinted towards the water before he jumped in.
Darcy, who is a security engineer from Featherstone, told the publication how at first he saw a group of people watching the dog in the water.
Then he realised the pooch was desperate and so, dived in.
Darcy said: "I began to run back down instantly.
"I'd initially thought that the people nearest would be able to get him out but the dog had gone further out."
He said he "couldn't hesitate" and is used to cold water swimming as he is an athlete but he wouldn't recommend anyone to just do it as it can "induce cold water shock which can be fatal".
Unbeknown to him, a bystander began filming his heroic mission as he saved the dog from the freezing water.
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Darcy went on: "I didn't do it for a pat on the back. It was instinct."
Following the incident, the video was posted on social media by Paula Town along with a caption explaining what had happened.
Paula wrote: "What a hero, this complete strange rescued this family's dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park."
Darcy has since spoken on the importance of how deadly freezing cold water can be and advised to use sticks if possible.
He said: "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."
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