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Boy Stuck On Ice Sheet Saved By Fisherman Who Reeled Him To Safety

Dominic Smithers

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Boy Stuck On Ice Sheet Saved By Fisherman Who Reeled Him To Safety

Featured Image Credit: Sergey Bulavskyy/Newsflash

A young boy had to be reeled in to safety by a fisherman after becoming stuck on an ice sheet.

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The 11-year-old lad was playing on the ice on the partially frozen Desenka River in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv when he became stranded after it began to break up.

Fortunately, however, a quick-thinking fisherman, named Richard Gorda, and his mate came to the rescue after a passerby asked them to lend a hand and pull the boy back in on 21 March.

And despite not having a boat to get out to him, the fisherman and his friend were able to get a fishing line over to the boy and reel him in safely.

Writing on social media, Mr Gorda said he didn't do anything extraordinary, he was just glad to be able to help the boy get back to land.

He said: "It was no feat. We just happened to be there at the right time.

"If any of you people out there see trouble, call the Ministry of Internal Affairs first, then do not panic and look for anything that can help.

Credit: Sergey Bulavskyy/Newsflash
Credit: Sergey Bulavskyy/Newsflash

"If there is nothing nearby, gather your mind and consider how else you can help. There is always a way out.

"Never show your panic, so that the person you are helping believes in you as a saviour. "

Last year, an off duty police officer risked his own life to save a young boy from a shark attack in Florida.

Adrian Kosicki and his wife were out walking their dog when they spotted the tell-tale fin cutting through the water and heading right towards a little boy who was boogie boarding near Cocoa Beach, near Cape Canaveral.

Without a second thought, Kosicki threw himself into the Atlantic Ocean in a desperate bid to pull the young boy to safety.

Footage shared by Cocoa Beach Police and Fire shows just how close the young boy came to the shark before Kosicki's heroics.

Credit: Cocoa Beach Police and Fire
Credit: Cocoa Beach Police and Fire

In the video, one person can be heard to shout: "Hey buddy! Hey, there's a shark right there."

Another shouted: "There he is!"

While the other bystanders shouted and tried to alert the boy, who was swimming along on a blue boogie board, Kosicki sprang into action and dived in to grab the youngster.

He lunged in and grabbed the kid with just seconds to spare before the shark arrived. The camera panned around to try to capture the shark once again, but there was no trace of it.

The boy was then checked over by some of the witnesses, but was not harmed.

Topics: hero, Water, World News, Ukraine, Inspirational

Dominic Smithers
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