Daring Rescuer Dives Into Frozen Lake To Save Stranded Cat

Published February 4, 2019 5,137 Plays

Rumble / Everyday HeroesA daring rescuer dived into a frozen lake wearing nothing but his boxer shorts to save a stranded cat. What would you do if you found an animal that wanted your help? This dramatic video posted to Facebook on December 24, 2018, by his sister-in-law Hilda Schurg shows the wrestler Darden Schurg diving into ice she calls "sharp as crystal," dressed only in black underwear.

Darden Schurg, a 21-year-old senior wrestler, ranked #1 in the Division III 174-pound weight class at Wabash College, was visiting his father in Hobart, Indiana, when he spotted the feral cat walking over a freezing, ice-covered Lake George. Hilda and Darden Schurg were in their yard when they spotted a feline flapping around in the lake behind their house. Then it fell in, and it did not have the energy to swim to shore and save itself.

Seeing its desperate plight, Darden ignored the falling temperatures, stripped out of the majority of his clothes and jumped headfirst into the water. Swimming out quickly, he managed to carry the cat out of the water, on to a neighbor’s lawn. He swam fifty yards toward the floundering cat, its head barely bobbing above the surface, accompanied by superhero music.

"Dari, you got this!" a woman yells.

Darden Schurg’s older brother first tried to rescue the cat but he could not stand the icy water. “I simply knew what I had to try to do and from there, it just kind of was what it was,” Schurg said. His family tried to return up with a game set up for a few minutes, but there just was not enough time.

Schurg was in a familiar area, and the water he dove into wasn't deep. But an Indianapolis man died Dec. 10 after trying to rescue a dog from an icy pond at a northeast-side apartment complex in water that was about 15 feet deep. The dog survived after he got out of the lake on its own.

The video of Schurg's rescue has more than 50,000 views and has been shared more than 900 times. "Darden Schurg you are quite one among the best individuals I do know...and I really mean that! “Love you buddy!" Kristi Glenn wrote. "All American, cat savior... what's next Superman?!?!? Good job buddy," Eric Boswell wrote. "This needs the Titanic music," Kyle Hon wrote. Although it went through a harrowing near-death situation, the cat is expected to make a full recovery. As for the student? He is just glad he could help an animal in need. Schurg is now being called the Aquaman of his town by some. Watch the video to see footage of the student brave rescue!


  • DavidMcNab, 36 weeks ago

    Good job! How cold is it? Near zero?

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  • Gypsiminion, 36 weeks ago

    Thanks dude. Id have had to do the same thing or i wouldnt be sleeping at night. Mind over matter. Remember that. Cant never could do NOTHING. I can an fail well I still didn't go I can't You CAN Do More Than You Realize once you out your mind to it.

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  • killerbean56, 36 weeks ago

    HERO! Thank you so much. The world needs more people like you. Love, love.

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  • jas, 36 weeks ago

    Hero, but his wife needs to learn how to aim a camera

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