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Vancouver police officer jumps into frozen Lost Lagoon to save dog

People on social media are reacting to photos being circulated online that show a Vancouver police officer mostly submerged in Lost Lagoon, holding onto a rope and pulling a dog ashore after it had fallen into the water while chasing a ball onto the ice.

Dog that chased ball onto ice, fell through, was pulled out by officer with help from rope-holding colleagues

On Friday Feb. 10, 2017, Vancouver Police officer Peter Colenutt jumped into Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice after chasing a ball onto the frozen water. (Paul E. Marquis/Twitter)

A Vancouver Police officer is being commended by people on social media for rescuing a dog that had fallen through the ice at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.

On Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. PT, police were called by a resident who saw a dog chase a ball onto the thin ice and subsequently fall through. Police said it was a ball the dog chased, not a bird as reported by a Twitter user who took pictures.

When officers arrived, they saw the dog struggling to stay above the water.

'Removed portions of his uniform'

"Concerned for the immediate well-being of the dog, one of our officers removed portions of his uniform, took hold of one end of a rescue rope, and with his co-workers holding the other end, he made his way to the dog," wrote Const. Jason Doucette in an email to CBC News.

On Sunday, police identified the officer as Peter Colenutt.

"Both the dog and our officer made it back to shore, cold, but uninjured."

Photos posted on Twitter show Colenutt making his way to shore with one hand on the rope and the other holding the dog.

Others show him in bare feet and a short-sleeved shirt making his way across the snow-covered ground back to a squad car.

This officer probably didn't expect an icy plunge into Lost Lagoon during his shift. (Paul E. Marquis/Twitter)