When you first see Tim Yuriev Jump into that frigid, icy water you just can’t believe it.
But here he was, without hesitation trying to save two dogs that had broken through the ice.
“The dogs just stuck right there. I could save them. It was very nice. It just got like it.”
and not about to be left behind, Tim’s English Golden Retriever Kira also jumped in on this rescue.
Tim and his wife had gone out for a walk in Irvington’s O’Hara Nature Preserve on an unusually warm day.
The dogs broke away from their owner, went out and fell through the melting ice.
Tim knew help would not arrive fast enough, so he took off most of his clothes and relying on his cold water training he learned from his grandfather in Russia, went in after the dogs.
“Obviously, I had to save the first dog first, get him out of there,” said Yuriev.
With Kira alongside, all three safely made it to shore.
“When they did the breathing technique everything just felt nice. I felt a little bit lightheaded and I went for a second dog.”
But that proved the be more challenging.
This time, he had to break through more of the ice to get there and clear path to get back to shore.
Again, all three made it safely to shore. The two dogs are now safe.