Watch the video of the man and his dog rescuing two stranded dogs below.
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The incredible moments captured on camera when a shirtless New York man and his pet golden retriever dived into a frozen lake to rescue two stranded dogs who had fallen into icy water.
Timofey Yuriev, of Irvington’s wife Melissa Kho, posted the video on Facebook after the rescue.
She wrote: ‘’Just witnessed something amazing: My hubby (and pup) rescuing two dogs trapped in the ice.‘’
‘’We were walking around the lake and two dogs belonging to another owner had come down to the lake on the other end and started to cross it and then fell in when the ice gave way.‘’
‘’We thought they might swim out but realized they couldn’t and were just paddling in place and had stopped trying to get out. So we went over and Tim jumped in.‘’
Timofey, who grew up in Kazakhstan and learned to swim in Siberia, told WABC-TV: ‘’When I did the breathing technique everything felt nice. I felt a bit light-headed and I went for the second dog.‘’
He said his grandfather taught him to swim in ice when he was just seven-years-old and he has also tried free diving without the help of breathing equipment.
Yuriev told The Journal News/lohud Today: ‘’When I saw the first dog, I just got undressed and went inside (the reservoir) immediately.‘’
‘’It was pretty dangerous. They got stuck. They tried to come out and after a while, they just stopped moving. I saw they were in trouble. There was no other way.‘’
‘’I looked at the ice and I understood that either I can climb on the ice, but it’s probably not going to support my weight, so I had to go in and just try to break it.‘’
He added: ‘’Because I’m a free diver, and I was exposed to the cold water before when I lived in Siberia in Russia, then I knew that I could probably even swim under the ice and just grab the dog and bring it back. Not a big deal.’’
‘’So I just started working my way through.’’
He said the owner of the two dogs was crying following the rescue, adding: ‘’First she tried to stop me. She was so thankful.’’
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