That’s brrr-ave! Russian woman, 65, jumps into frozen river in her underwear to rescue husky trapped in the ice
- Russian woman jumped into frozen water to save a husky who became trapped
- Galina Voskovykh, 65, dived into river in Rossosh, Russia to break the thick ice
- She has been walking by the water when she heard the dog howling for help
- Footage, taken February 6, shows Ms Voskovykh helping animal back to land
This is the moment a heroic bystander braved the freezing water of an icy lake to save a stranded husky from an icy river in Russia.
Galina Voskovykh, 65, had been walking with her friends next to the water in Rossosh in the Voronezh Oblast region of western Russia when she heard the animal crying for help on February 6.
Footage of the rescue, which has gone viral on social media, shows Ms Voskovykh dressed only in her underwear helping the husky back to the riverbank.
The exhausted animal swims to the snowy shore after Ms Voskovykh smashed the thick ice that had trapped him in the water.
Galina Voskovykh, 65, had been walking with her friends next to the water in Rossosh in the Voronezh Oblast region of western Russia when she heard the animal crying for help on February 6
A video, which has since gone viral on social media, shows Ms Voskovykh already in the water trying to free the husky who was trapped in the river by thick ice
Wearing only her underwear, Ms Voskovykh saved the husky who appeared to be tired from attempting to stay afloat
Speaking about the incident, Ms Voskovykh told Gazeta.Ru: ‘On Sunday, I was walking with my friends by the river and heard the plaintive howl of a dog.
‘There was a husky stuck in the water close to the shore and could not get through the ice to [get back to] land. Without thinking twice, I undressed and jumped into the water.
‘There was ice, and because of this, the dog could not get ashore. I helped her, broke the ice with my body.’
After getting out of the freezing water, Ms Voskovykh reportedly took herself and the dog for a little jog to warm up to prevent hypothermia.
The husky reportedly followed a man away a short while later who was believed to be his owner.
After getting out of the freezing water, Ms Voskovykh reportedly took herself and the dog for a little jog to warm up to prevent hypothermia
Ms Voskovykh used to go winter swimming and was used to the below freezing temperatures – but she stopped during the Covid pandemic.
She said not all of the comments have been positive from viewers who have seen the video – with some saying her rescue was ‘dangerous’ and ‘stupid’.
Ms Voskovykh reportedly escaped uninjured with a few cuts and bruises – but she said she did not regret her actions in the slightest.
She added: ‘No I don’t consider myself a hero. I think anyone would do the same.’
This isn’t the first time a heroic bystander has braved the freezing water of an icy lake to save a stranded dog.
Last month, on Monday, January 31, a canine had fallen through the ice 16ft from the shore of the frozen Kalmius Lake in Donetsk, Ukraine.
A brave bystander was recorded rescuing a dog from a frozen lake in Donetsk, Ukraine
The ripped rescuer humbly acknowledged the applause before grabbing a towel to get warm
Footage of the rescue drew a slew of admiring comments online about the ripped rescuer’s physique, with some joking they wouldn’t mind being saved by him.
The video shows worried members of the public looking on before one man ditched his clothes in the frosty conditions where temperatures drop as low as -7°C.
During the minute-and-a-half rescue mission he makes his way down the riverbank in just his briefs and shoes before walking into the water and trying to make his way onto the frozen ice.
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