A man who fell into a frozen lake while trying to rescue his pet dog has died
An unnamed man, believed to be in his 60s, was pulled from the water at Danson Park in Welling, south east London yesterday after diving in to try and save his pet dog. He was quickly rushed to hospital bit later passed away, the Met Police said: ‘"olice were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 3.55pm on Wednesday, 28 February to reports of a man in the water at Danson Park in Bexleyheath. Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended. The man, believed to be aged in his 60s, was recovered from the water and taken to a south London hospital where he died. His next of kin are aware. The death is being treated as unexplained."
The dog is still alive, and was pulled later from the lake and rescued by boat by the London Ambulance Service. People have posted tributes online to the brave man, and sympathised with him diving in after his much-loved pet. One Twitter user wrote 'You did what any animal lover would do, mate' and another echoed the sentiment 'Poor bloke I would do the same. Love dogs, your best friend RIP'. Emergency services have advised people to take extra care in the adverse weather conditions, and to keep dogs and cats indoors for their own safety when temperatures are so low.
Temperatures are set to stay below zero as the week continues, as the Beast from the East spreads through Britain. Apparently some parts of the UK will feel colder than the Arctic circle, with chaos set to complicate travel plans for workers and schoolchildren alike. Not only is the weather a travel concern, but it poses a health risk for the most vulnerable in society from children and the elderly to pet dogs and cats. Despite their fur and thick coats, our household pets are still at risk of frostbite, exposure and dehydration if they aren't carefully looked after during the cold winter months. Small pets should be kept indoors, shirt haired dogs should think about investing in some doggy jumpers and drivers should take care to look for cats who might have huddled under their car for warmth overnight.