An Alberta man didn’t hesitate to plunge into freezing cold water to save his dog after it broke through thin ice at a park – a dramatic rescue that was caught on camera.

“As soon as the ice broke, I just went right in,” dog owner Duncan MacIver told CTV Edmonton, still soaked and chilled from the ordeal. “I think most people would do the same for their dog.”

By coincidence, CTV Edmonton was at the park in St. Albert, Alberta on Saturday for a story on ice safety as the ordeal unfolded. St. Albert officials say there has been a dramatic increase in ice rescue calls this week, with three coming in since Thursday alone.

As the camera rolled, MacIver jumped into the icy pond to save his dog, Cosmo, who had plunged through thin ice.

In the video, you can see the ice breaking under MacIver’s weight as his dog struggles to keep its head above the frigid water. MacIver soon gets to the animal and they find relief on a strip of concrete as CTV Edmonton reporter Angela Jung calls 911 for help.

Attempting to get ashore, MacIver and Cosmo plunge through the thin ice again before reaching dry land.

“It’s a split second thing,” MacIver said moments after emerging from the pond. “You’re not just going to let him die, right?”

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