Dog dies in freezing waters of Hardwick Hall Park

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed that a dog has died in the waters of Hardwick Hall Park.

Firefighters from Chesterfield, Kingsway and Nottinghamshire’s Highfield Station attended the park at 12.23pm to help rescue the dog after it fell through the ice.

Photo - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Photo - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Working alongside park rangers, firefighters used a small boat to get to the dog, that had run onto the ice and fallen through where the ice was thin. Sadly, the dog died as a result of being in the freezing cold water.

Station Manager Paul Green, who attended the incident, said: “This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder to dog owners to keep their dogs safe from danger and on the lead at all times when near water.

“As temperatures have dropped, many lakes, ponds and other water ways have quickly frozen over providing dogs with an enticing opportunity to explore. This can soon lead to disaster when the ice becomes thin and they fall through to the freezing water below.

“If a dog, or any other animal does fall through the ice, owners should resist the urge to enter the water to try and save the animal, as this could lead to the owner themselves requiring an emergency rescue. In the event of an emergency please call 999.

He added: “I would also encourage any land owners who may have ponds, lakes and other water ways on their land to put up safety signs reminding dog owners to keep their animals on a lead during the freezing weather.”