Man Swims Freezing Lake to Save Duck

Swedish 'friend of animals' spotted bird caught on hook
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2014 12:11 AM CST

A Swedish man is being called a hero by some and a fool by others for risking his life to save a duck caught on a fishing hook. When he spotted the struggling bird, 38-year-old Kenth Rehn immediately stripped off and plunged into the lake, swimming 65 feet and returning with the duck, which flew off after a fisherman removed the hook, reports the New York Daily News.

In a YouTube video of the rescue, Rehn can be seen doing jumping jacks to warm up after emerging from the chilly water. "It was so bloody cold in the water," he says. "I had to do something to warm up as quickly as possible." He describes himself as a friend of animals and says he didn't hesitate when he saw the duck in trouble. "Next time it could be a person in distress ... so I figured it's best to be prepared," he tells the Local. (Read more Sweden stories.)

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