Heroic officer saves trapped pooch from icy lake in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 17:25 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:48 01 March 2018

PC Jake Pike.
Picture: Herts Police

PC Jake Pike. Picture: Herts Police


An off-duty police officer dived into a freezing Potters Bar lake to save a dog’s life.

Oakmere Park in Potters Bar.
Picture: Gerry Fitzsimons Oakmere Park in Potters Bar. Picture: Gerry Fitzsimons

PC Jake Pike rescued the dog from the lake in Oakmere Park yesterday (Wednesday, February 28).

He was in the Harvester restaurant, with temperatures below freezing, when he saw the dog run and fall into the icy lake at around 3.30pm. Whilst the fire brigade were on route, he took off his shoes and coat and got into the lake, scooping up the dog and bringing her safely to the bank.

PC Pike, who is an intervention officer responding to 999 calls, said: “I saw that the dog was in trouble and couldn’t stand by and do nothing.

“Instinct kicked in and I thought I was the best person to go in.

“The lake was absolutely freezing.

“My hands still feel like blocks of ice.”

After being in the lake for a couple of minutes, he was given chef’s whites to change into by the pub and was checked over by the fire brigade.

The owners of the dog, called Heidi, were very grateful to PC Pike and called him their “hero”.

PC Pike added: “I knew the lake really well, including the depth of it, and I weighed up the dangers of going in.

“But I would discourage anyone, especially young people, doing the same thing as it can be extremely dangerous.”

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