A “shaken” dog owner who jumped with a friend into a frozen river to save her pet has spoken of her gratitude for the “hero” passer-by who helped with the rescue.
Dyce resident Debbie Richmond was walking Lemmy along the Donside path towards Stoneywood with friend Susan Liebnitz when the pug-cross sprinted excitedly onto the ice.
Debbie said: “It happened so quickly, I had no time to get him back – when the ice got too thin he fell through.”
Immediately plunging into the icy waters, Mrs Richmond, 37, of Princess Drive, said she then started to try to break the ice to get near where Lemmy was stuck.
Paul Gray, 39, ran over when he heard the friends’ “huge screams”.
He said: “I could see the two women in the river – they were in up to their necks.
“I told them to keep calm and to get out. I ran and pulled a branch off a tree and tried to get the dog to take hold of it.”
After a few minutes, Lemmy was coaxed out and back on dry land.
Mrs Richmond said she was “so grateful” to Mr Gray for his quick thinking.