The incredible moment heroic ice skaters risk their lives to save a moose trapped in a frozen lake — Risk Hypothermia In Daring Rescue Video.

A day of gliding across a frozen lake quickly turned into a dramatic rescue mission for a group of Swedish skaters after they caught sight of a moose trapped in a sheet of ice.

A shocking video has emerged of the moment the trio first notice the stricken creature thrashing wildly with its front legs sticking out of the water.

In a bid to save the exhausted animal, they work tirelessly for 30 minutes, chopping through a thick layer of ice with an axe to cut the creature a path to freedom.

A shocking video has emerged of the moment ice skaters risk their lives to help a stricken moose

The video, shot by Viktor Johannessen and his partner Sigrid Sjosteen, opens with Johannessen admitting he doesn’t know what they are going to do to help the distressed animal.

The pair skate closer to the shallow edge of the lake where the moose is stuck, placing their own lives in danger with each step they take.

The distressed animal has its head and front legs out of the water while its hind legs appear to be stuck.

In a bid to save the exhausted animal, they work tirelessly for 30 minutes, chopping through a thick layer of ice with an axe to cut the creature a path to freedom

The distressed animal has its head and front legs out of the water while its hind legs appear to be stuck

It violently splashes water around but cannot lift itself any further out of the water.

Mr Johannessen and Ms Sjosteen are filmed hammering at the ice with an axe and a third skater is also caught on camera helping.

But suddenly, the trapped creature stops moving.

The white ice has been peeled away and the slick black water of the lake is finally visible

But the animal is too exhausted and cold to move and so the skaters must coax it out of the water

Acknowledging it must be tired they prepare themselves to chop even more ice so that the moose has a clear path out of the water to the shore.

Around 30 minutes later, the white ice has been peeled away and the slick black water of the lake is finally visible.

But the animal is too exhausted and cold to move.

The daredevil skaters plead with the animal to make a break for freedom after carving out a path for it

Eventually the wild animal appears revived and dashes out of the icy water

The heroic skaters coax the creature out of the water, pleading with it to make a break for freedom.

Eventually it appears revived and dashes out of the icy water.

After stretching its hind legs, the moose climbs through some shrubbery and disappears from view.

The video has attracted over 400,000 views and has drawn praise from impressed animal lovers. One commentator, Achilleze, said: ‘This is why humans were put on the planet. We all need to be earthkeepers’

After stretching its hind legs, the moose climbs through some shrubbery and disappears from view

Shared last week, the heart-warming YouTube video has attracted over 400,000 views.

It’s also drawn praise from impressed animal lovers.

One commentator, Achilleze, said: ‘This is why humans were put on the planet. We all need to be earthkeepers.’

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