One dog saves owner from freezing to death while another raises crash alarm


Croatian rescuers are praising a dog who protected its injured owner from freezing to death, high on a snowy mountain, keeping him warm for 13 hours in the dark until he could get medical attention.

Key points:

  • Both a man and his Alaskan malamute slipped and fell about 150m down Mount Velebit, beside Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast
  • A team of 27 rescuers worked through the night in difficult conditions to reach the pair and the dog kept the injured man warm
  • In the US, a German shepherd raised the alarm after a utility vehicle overturned alongside a highway, bringing rescuers

"Friendship and love between man and dog know no boundaries," the county's mountain rescue service wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, with a photo of the dog lying on top of his master on a stretcher.

The accident occurred late on January 1, more than 1,700 metres up Mount Velebit, which is on Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast.

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Rescuers say both man and dog — an Alaskan malamute called North — slipped and fell about 150m.

The hiker seriously hurt his leg but the dog was uninjured, and used its body heat to keep him warm as temperatures dropped after nightfall and rescuers strove to locate them.

"[North] curled beside him and warmed him with his body," the rescue service's post said.

"His loyalty didn't stop even when the rescuers came. He was one of us, guarding his man for 13 hours."

Rescuers said the overnight operation was particularly difficult because of snow, ice and broken tree boughs that blocked access to the spot.

A team of 27 took part in the rescue, reaching the pair around midnight and handing over the hiker to medics about 8am on Tuesday.

"This example could teach us all how to care about each other," the rescuers said.

Dog alerts police to owner's crash in US

In the US, authorities have described a "real-life 'Lassie' story" after a dog led police to the scene of a serious crash involving its owner.

In a post on Facebook, New Hampshire State Police said they and officers from the Lebanon Police Department responded to reports of a dog on the loose on Interstate 89 at the New Hampshire-Vermont border around 10pm, local time, on January 3.

After the officers located a large German shepherd on the highway, the dog led them to the scene of a badly damaged utility vehicle that had rolled over.

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Police found the two occupants had been ejected from the vehicle and were suffering serious injuries as well as hypothermia and immediately called for medical assistance.

Police said the 1-year-old dog, named Tinsley, was uninured in the crash.

Tinsley's owner, Cam Laundry, told local news station WPTZ he felt fortunate his dog was with him when the crash happened.

"She's my little guardian angel, you know. It's a miracle that she had that kind of intelligence to do what she did," Mr Laundry said. 

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news



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