Dog Rescues Girl: 9-Year-Old In Canada Saved From Icy Waters By Labrador-Husky Named Rocky

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 3, 2013 10:23 AM EDT

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On Sunday, March 31, a dog named Rocky plucked 9-year-old Samara Wagner from the frozen North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada, saving the young girl’s life. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Rocky, an 8-year-old Labrador-husky mix, dove into the icy waters of the Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada, to rescue a 9-year-old girl named Samara who was swept out by the current.

On Sunday, March 31, Samara and her sister Krymzen, 10, were tobogganing in a park along the riverbank when they ended up on the ice of the Saskatchewan River. The sheet of ice gave way and the girls plunged into the frigid water.  

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Rocky and his owner, 27-year-old Adam Shaw, were taking a stroll along the river with Shaw's wife and two kids when they heard the young girls' screams.

CTV News reports that Shaw and Rocky bolted for the shoreline and made their way down a steep, snow-covered bank to the river.

Shaw was able to pull 10-year-old Krymzen from the water, but her sister Samara was already out of Shaw's reach and headed towards the treacherous current. Shaw recalled that the girl's head was bobbing in and out of the water and that she had lost the use of her limbs because of the freezing temperatures.

According to The Daily Mail, as Shaw and his dog tried to reach the young girl, the ice gave way beneath them. By the time they were out of the water, Samara had drifted 50 or 60 yards downriver.

Shaw said that's when he attached the dog's lead to his collar and instructed the dog to jump into the water after the girl. The dog swam right to Samara, and the girl was able to grab onto the leash. Rocky then headed back towards the shoreline with the girl in tow.

"After it all happened, we were sitting on the shore and he's a pretty active dog, he's usually running around and stuff, but he came and sat down beside me and beside the girl and he didn't move," Shaw told CTV News.

"Doctors said two more minutes, and Samara would have been gone," the girls' mother, Miranda Wagner, told CTV News.

CNN reports that on Monday, the local fire station honored Rocky and Shaw, recognizing their brave efforts to rescue the two young girls. Shaw received a fireman's hat, and Rocky was given a large rawhide bone.

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