A THREE-year-old dog was saved from certain death when a frozen lodge collapsed.
Bruce, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was out walking with his owner Amy Sharmen near to Waterside Lodge in Nuttall Street, Accrington, when he ran on to the ice and it gave way under his weight.
The fire brigade was called to the lodge shortly after 1pm on Wednesday (December, 23) to help save the animal.
But as they arrived members of the public were about to enter the water to help.
Hyndburn Community Fire Station manager Gary West warned that have-a-go heroes are risking their lives in such situations.
He said: "When we arrived at Waterside Lodge we were very concerned about Bruce, who had been in the freezing water for around 20 minutes. He was very cold and very distressed and many onlookers were threatening to go in the water to save him. However, this could have resulted in many more casualties and even deaths and that is why we need to look at this incident as an important lesson. Luckily we were able to get Bruce out of the water by getting him to lock his jaw on to the hose reel. But if more people had gone in to the water, the situation could have been very different. In this icy weather dog walkers need to avoid areas of open water that have frozen over and they need to remember under no circumstances should they enter the water after their dog. They should just alert the fire brigade as soon as possible."
A specialist water pump team from Burnley and a pump from Hyndburn were sent to help with the rescue.
Bruce was pulled out of the water and carried home in a blanket to help him warm up.