This is the moment a brave RSPCA inspector scrambled over precariously thin ice to save a dog which was trapped in a frozen river for an hour.
Hardy, a nine-year-old black Labrador, fell through the ice into the bitterly cold water in Ashington, Northumberland while out for a walk with his owner last Wednesday as the UK was gripped by sub-zero temperatures.
A local rowing club near to the River Wansbeck raised the alarm after Hardy was unable to free himself.
Inspector Jaqui Miller from the animal rights charity was attached to a rope by a team of firefighters and moved over the frozen river using an ice pick.
She found the dog half-submerged in the glacial water with his paws clinging to the edge of the ice.
“We were really worried about poor Hardy as he had been stuck in the ice for about an hour in the freezing cold water,” Inspector Miller said.
“He …