A FEARLESS lido ranger risked his own safety by jumping into freezing water to rescue a distressed dog.
Sean Barr, the full-time ranger at Ruislip Lido in Reservoir Road, Ruislip, had to break the ice covering the lido on Friday (2) after a dog got stuck in the water.
Lido ranger Amanda Considine, who arrived just as Mr Barr was getting out of the water, said: "The dog was quite old and he was unable to get out of the frozen spot he found himself in.
"Sean is an animal lover and when he saw the family getting distressed he broke the ice and went in to get the dog. He had both his shoulders under water.
"I arrived just as he was getting out and he was absolutely frozen solid. We don't have much heating in the boat house so he had to change his clothes.
"He said his stomach was felling really funny and we told him to go home but he wouldn't. He's just a very dedicated person
"All of the rangers have taken a dip into the water at some point to save an animal but I think it's the first time someone has had to break the ice to do so.
"I thought it was a brave thing for him to do. He always goes the extra mile because he is really passionate about the lido.
"On Sunday I saw three kids walking on the ice. It's not a very clever thing to do and I advised their parents not to let them. I have seen others jumping on it trying to break it as well."