Brrr... it's cold down there!
‘A good Samaritan had to be pulled from a freezing river after risking his own life to save a stranger’s dog.
The well-meaning 51-year-old man jumped into the icy water in Northumberland to try save a dog which was in trouble.
But things soon took a turn for the worse when the good Samaritan himself began to drown – other park-goers ran to find buoys to throw to him.’
Dogs and animals in general elicit in us an instant emotional response. Nevertheless it is important not to act on emotion when risk is involved. The brave gentleman in the story may have been better off to contemplate the fact that dogs are better adapted to the outdoors (and usually better swimmers) then we are.
The message – don’t jump in without a master plan.