Sailors rescue dog from cracking Arctic ice

This dog was stranded on floating ice in the Arctic

before being rescued by Russian sailors on a nearby icebreaker

Courtesy: Gazpromneft-Yamal

Location: Yamal-Nenets region, Russia

One-year-old Aika wandered away from her village

and got stranded on sea ice which began to crack and drift

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) CAPTAIN'S ASSISTANT AT "ALEXANDER SANNIKOV" ICEBREAKER, YEVGENY NAGIBIN, SAYING:

"We investigated all options for lifting the animal from the ice and placed a ceremonial ladder, which the dog used to get on board. Later we used mobile communications to contact locals, found the dog owner, and a few hours later the animal was safely returned to the village."

She was later returned to her owner

who had been looking for her for over a week

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DOG OWNER, SVETLANA CHERESHNEVA, SAYING:

"When they showed me the video, I did not recognize her at first. She looked so unhappy, all covered with ice, did not walk well, because she pricked her little paws, because the ice was sharp so she pricked her paws. Now she can walk more or less."

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