Would you rescue a dog stuck in an icy pond with no one around?

No one's around just you, you can't call for help because it's far away. The dog is stuck in the middle of an icy pond.

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  • It depends on the situation. Is the ice safe enough to get to at least near to the dog - perhaps extending a ladder.

    People drown every year during the winter by getting on unsafe ice.

    I would not attempt unless I was convinced I could do it safely.

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  • Of course. I’d sacrifice my life to save a animal

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  • Id try to save it im sure

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  • Absolutely, I'd jump in front of a bus to save a dog.

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  • I'd do my best

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  • Another thing to bear in mind it would depend on the temperature given that the OP says it's an icy pond we can safely assume its at a low temperature and if it was stuck in the middle of an icy pond there's no way in hell that you would make it unless you're that good in swimming not to mention the dog might also freeze to death given the distance between me and the dog.

    But I would suppose it might be feasible to do if you're fully trained to swim or if you work for a rescue team then yeah I'd probably do that, more onto that you'd have to crack the ice open and then safely drag it to dry land.

    In short, your answer is technically a yes.

    Yes, it's possible for you to rescue a dog that is stuck in the middle of an icy pond but no if let's say the weather was extremely cold and the dog quickly freezes and dies.

    As for what olderdude-xx has said, you can attempt it if it's done safely.

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    • Being an excellent swimmer will not help much if the water is just above freezing. Hypothermia kicks in very quickly unless you have perhaps eaten 2000 - 3000 calories of chocolate about 15 minutes prior to the event.

      Also, you cannot swim well when there is ice on the surface.

      A lot of people have died who were excellent swimmers in the summer after they have fallen through the ice - unless rescued by appropriately trained rescue people with appropriate equipment (and unappropriated trained ones often end up in the water as well - and often die too).

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    • Tough choice to call. If the pound is like the one I had access to a kid then I would do so. Since that pond is waist deep. Like boojum said if the pound was shallow it would be fine.

      It would suck and the dog would still probably die.

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  • If I was absolutely certain that the pond was no more than waist deep, probably.

    Otherwise, hell no.

    I'm a crap swimmer, and I also know how sudden immersion in near-freezing water can have serious physiological consequences. There's no way I'm going to risk my life for a damn dog.

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    • I fell thru the ice over my head once when I was 11 years old. I was a good swimmer and had to swim 3 meters to safety. I could feel my muscles becoming paralyzed when I was only inches from grabbing the branch. Another 1.5 meters, and I would have been dead.

      Please encourage your kids to be smarter than the dog. You need a rescue team with a rope to shore, and flotation. You also need the right backup at your local hospital to save the rescuer in a failed attempt. It takes special blood warming equipment and precisely timed dosages of drugs derived from neurotoxins to bring someone back from hypothermia induced cardiac arrest.

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    • I would

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  • Absolutely. Prefer animals to people anyway.

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  • call 911,

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  • I'm not heavy (around 37kg/81 pounds) and I got swimming classes for 3 years. If the dog wasn't too heavy (I'm not really strong), I think I'd be able to succesfully save him.

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  • I'd do my best to save the poor thing and if it was hopless after trying I'd give UT a quick death at the very least.

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  • I weigh quite a lot for my height, so it would be a bit of a risk if it was frozen and the ice was not too thick, but given it's thick enough if I lay on my stomach and crawl very slowly to the dog, I might be able to pull him out of the water. But before that, I might have to calm him down somehow. Any frantic movement could hinder my plan.

    If it's just cold water, I could freeze to death depending on the distance. I'm good at running with weight in my hands or on my back, swimming is fine but it's not my strong point.
    Before I reach the dog, it could well be that my arm and leg muscles give up the ghost because it is far too cold.
    But that highly depends on the temperature as Somenormie already has written in his comment.

    I wouldn't do it without having more information about that pond and the dog though. Sad for the dog but it's probably a bit too much of a risk.

    If I can estimate the dog a little better, for example how big and how heavy it is approximately, if I knew what kind of pond it would be. Where, how deep and how big the water surface is and how far away the pond is from the nearest civilisation. What kind of weather is it? Is the pond always one hundred percent deserted or do walkers sometimes come there? Just to name a few things that might be important to consider.

    If the dog is too big and / or too heavy, if the pond is quite deep and large and it wouldn't be possible to see the complete surface because say it was snowing last night, maybe it's rather warm to that day or it rains and there would be no chance of getting to a town or village quickly enough, why would you try it if you could die in the process and the bottom line is that no one will care because nobody knows? Too risky for a single person not being trained for it.

    I don't necessarily put my life above anyone else's, animal or human, but I am attached to my life - even if it sucks sometimes.

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    • I agree, if you're pretty far from somewhere you can get warm and it's extremely cold outside you'd most likely succumb to hypothermia even if you did get out of the water safely. It's sad for the dog, but there's no reason you should both have to die if it comes down to that.

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  • I would try to find a rope and attach it to a log or something which worked as such. I know how to swim but I know if I jumped in Mt muscles would freeze and I'd drown in seconds.

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  • 100% save it

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  • Do I have a rope?

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  • probably, I'd be stupid and not realise how deep it is and fall through and then me and dog would probably both die

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  • Yes, I would try my absolute best to save the dog and even keep it if it's homeless.

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  • Whether I would try to help, or enjoy watching it drown depends on the breed.

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