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Dog saved after being locked inside sinking car

A man made a dramatic rescue of a dog that was drowning on Friday, as the locked car that the dog was inside suddenly rolled into a river.

Dog saved after being locked inside sinking car

Things unexpectedly took a turn for the bizarre after a man found a wandering dog in the northern Swedish town Sollefteå and drove it over to the local police station.

The dog was left to wait inside the car while the man went inside the police station to speak with the officers.

During his absence the car somehow rolled down into the Ångermanland river.

Seeing this, the man rushed out and threw himself into the river. With a knife, he managed to smash the rear window, and the lucky dog was able to swim out and return safely back to land.

The man then tried unsuccessfully to keep a hold of the sinking car, which drifted away from the shore.

“He held onto the car, but it drifted and then it sank. But a guy was there who saw what happened and jumped in to help him,” said the man’s mother to the local newspaper Allehanda.

In rescuing the dog, he’d injured his hand while breaking the window, and yelled back to shore that he was exhausted and unable to swim anymore. Hearing this, a police officer threw himself into the water, in turn saving him.

The dog has now been returned to its owner and the man who rescued him has been restored to health after a quick sojourn at Sollefteå’s hospital for his injured hand.

As for the car, however, local police reported that it sank to the bottom of the river.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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