Watch This Heroic Man Break Through An Icy Lake To Save His Best Friend

Feb 17, 2015
This video, taken in Russia, shows a young man jumping into an icy river to save a poor stray dog. The video was covered by Russian media outlets, and from there it went to Reddit where it became viral.

A few Reddit users have offered helpful translations in order to provide more background. The young man in the video is 21-year-old Ivan, a local woodcutter who was denied entry into military service due to a heart condition. However, that didn't stop him from the heroic act caught on tape.

After the rescue, Ivan warmed up in his friend's car, and they went to a grocery store to get some food and drinks. There, they encountered the same stray dog. Taking it as a sign, Ivan has since adopted him and named him "Rex."
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