A dog rescued after floating 125 kilometres on an ice floe down Poland’s Vistula River and then out into the Baltic Sea has been adopted by the crew that saved its life.
The thick-furred male animal was found adrift by a team of Polish scientists working on board the ship Baltica.
Crew member Adam Buczynski plucked the dog from the icy waters.
“It was obvious that the dog was very weak, he almost went under the surface of the water so I grabbed the dog, put him in the inflatable and returned him to the ship,” he said.
A number of people have come forward to claim the dog nicknamed “Baltic” but so far the crew say the animal has not greeted any of the would-be owners with tail wagging recognition.
Baltic is a lucky animal as more than 202 people have died in Poland as result of the cold snap.