A jogger in a park notices a commotion coming from a frozen lake. His instincts tell him something is wrong and he rushes to the rescue.
It’s a universal fact that a dog is a man’s best friend. But one heroic man proved that humans can also be a dog’s best companion, but he insists, he is “not a hero.”
Darcy Bell, a 31-year-old security engineer from the small town of Featherstone, Yorkshire, was midway through a jog with a friend around the local park on January 9, 2021, when he noticed a commotion coming from the lake in the park.
Sharp-witted jogger notices commotion near frozen lake, follows his instincts to save a life | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
He waddled through the crowd to see what it was and found a dog stranded on the frozen lake. The pup was petrified and running around, trying to get out.
Darcy observed the pup and thought it would get out on its own. However, his instincts told him the dog could be stuck in the freezing water.
The man continued jogging for a couple of minutes but kept a watch on the pup to see if he’d make it out. Moments later, he realized that the dog wouldn’t make it by himself.
Darcy Bell spotted a commotion in the park while jogging with a friend | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
He saw the dog panicking and running around the frozen lake. Deep inside, he guessed the pup would fall into the water any minute, and it did.
A person named Paula Town witnessed the whole episode in disbelief and decided to film it. But Darcy was unaware of this.
He walked through the crowd and, without any hesitation, jumped into the lake and fluttered through the icy water towards the stranded dog.
Without hesitation, he jumped into the icy water | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
Darcy used his strength to smash through the ice that was quite thick. Then he calmed the frightened pup and directed it towards the shoreline.
Darcy claimed he never usually jumped into ice-cold water but didn’t feel the impact of the water that day because he was a strong swimmer trained at triathlons.
Being a good swimmer, Darcy didn't feel the icy cold water's impact | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
Moments later, he steered the pup towards safety from the water, which he claimed to be around six feet deep.
After reaching the shore, he did something even more remarkable—he handed over the pup which looked relieved and restless, changed his orange T-shirt, and continued to jog, unaware a bystander was filming him in the crowd.
The man steered the pup to the shoreline | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
Darcy admitted he preferred to maintain a low profile and not draw attention to his heroic deed. “I just sort of got out, and the dog ran off and then came back and shook its water on me,” he said later.
The owners thanked Darcy and carried on their walk after leashing their pup to a collar. Although people went their way after the incident, Darcy’s courageous rescue didn’t go unnoticed.
Darcy's heroic action didn't go unnoticed | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
A person named Paula Town witnessed the whole episode in disbelief and decided to film it. But Darcy was unaware of this. She posted the viral video on Facebook the same day, and it went on to amass over 5K likes.
“What a hero, this complete stranger rescued this family’s dog when it got into trouble in Pontefract Park,” Paula captioned.
Those who watched the footage couldn’t help but wonder how cold it could’ve been for Darcy to have battled through the icy water to save the pup.
“Omg, what a guy! It must’ve been absolutely freezing in there,” user Wendy Jane Rothery wrote.
Despite amassing fame on the internet for his daring act, Darcy said he didn’t save the pup for “a pat on the back,” and he was just following his instincts.
“I personally think there should be safety barriers around the lake to prevent things like this happening again,” he advised.
People applauded Darcy for saving the pup | Source: Facebook/Paula Town
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