A mother has been pictured risking her own life to rescue her dog after it fell through thin ice.
The unnamed woman was spotted at Connaught Water, Chingford, North East London, by Alice Wardill and her husband Peter.
They were out with their son, Paul, and took pictures of the woman crawling towards the dog, called Freddie.
Alice said: ‘We were at Connaught Water as usual at around 12pm when we heard a woman shout ‘no Freddie’.
‘The dog ran onto the ice and then fell into the water where it had melted.
‘We really thought he wouldn’t get out, and then we saw her crawling on the ice – first on her front and then she got on her knees.
‘At one point I couldn’t watch, I thought she would fall. The dog was flailing around but she pulled him by his collar and crawled back to safety.
‘She was very brave, and it was Freddie’s lucky day – she got him very quickly.
‘It was so cold he would have died if she hadn’t rescued him. I don’t know if she was silly or brave but she was in the middle of the ice.’
She added: ‘By the time the fire brigade came, she had already dried him off and driven off.
‘Said that she was too cold to look at my photos, I would have liked her to have seen them.
She just got her dog back no matter what.‘We often take Paul for a walk there and feed the ducks; I take a lot of wildlife photos so I’ve always got my camera with me.’
In January, London Fire and Rescue said: ‘Some people take astonishing risks, especially pet owners whose dogs have gone onto the ice and young people who seem unaware of the dangers.
‘Please, for your own safety, stay off of any frozen pond, lake or canal as there is a high risk it wont take your weight and when it’s cold, hypothermia sets in rapidly and can prove fatal.
‘If your dog or any other animal ends up on the ice, stay put and call 999 so firefighters can rescue it, rather than taking risks yourself.’