Hero rescues dog from frozen lake
Published 06/12/2010 | 05:00
A 47-year-old man who took a boat out on a frozen lake to rescue a marooned dog is being hailed a hero.
Conor Gallagher, from Glassagh, Gweedore, Co Donegal, used a spade to break through the ice to get to the black Labrador in the middle of Bunaninver Lake last Thursday morning.
A second dog drowned before he could reach them.
The rescued dog, called Bubbles, was back in the midst of the McGivney family, Sandra and Oliver and their sons Mick and John, at the weekend.
The rescue came as road and and footpath conditions across the north-west remained in a treacherous condition yesterday.
On Saturday morning, conditions proved too difficult for one gritting lorry, which left the road near Donegal Airport.
The lorry was spreading grit on the main road between Annagry and Crolly when it skidded on ice and went down an embankment.
Elsewhere, housing estates and lesser-used roads were being likened to skating rinks yesterday after light rainfall added a layer of ice to compacted snow.
Donegal County Council has begun conserving diminishing salt supplies after it emerged it had used more than 4,200 tonnes in the past week.
It has appealed to the National Roads Authority for extra supplies as well as attempting to source its own supplies.