Police officer jumps into freezing canal in St Petersburg and crawls over ice to rescue helpless man

Fearless police officer jumps into freezing canal in St Petersburg and crawls over cracking ice to rescue helpless man

Andrey Postnikov recorded clip from the side of the Griboedov Canal in RussiaStricken man, who appears to have fallen from bridge, lies motionless in the ice

Officer heroically pulls him from water before he is taken to Mariinsky Hospital

This is the heart-stopping moment a police officer launched himself into freezing waters to rescue a man who had got into difficulty.

Andrey Postnikov recorded the dramatic encounter from a walkway alongside the Griboedov Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Footage shows the unnamed officer heroically dropping into the water before edging across the fragile sheet of ice to reach the helpless man. 

Andrey Postnikov recorded the dramatic encounter from a walkway alongside the Griboedov Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as the officer lowered himself down from the railings 

The man, wearing a raincoat and carrying a backpack, appears to have fallen from the bridge above and is lying motionless on the ice which has started to crack. 

Onlookers shout and point to him to nearby police officers.

Dozens more pedestrians start to gather as one of the policemen strides into shot.



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