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Firefighters Rescue Stranded Dog

Tamworth Firefighter Matt Wall and Maggie

Crews from Tamworth were called to Borrow Pit Lake on Peelers Way in Tamworth on Saturday afternoon, where a young Beagle dog had become trapped on a small island in the middle of the lake.

"We were very pleased to be able to reunite Mr Milford with Maggie though and hope she recovers from her ordeal quickly."

Paul Cullen, East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander

The dog, one year old Maggie, had been out walking with her owner when she spotted some ducks and gave chase, pulling her lead free from her owner’s grip.

Maggie followed the ducks into the water and proceeded to swim after them, still wearing her lead, for approximately 50 metres before beginning to struggle. She managed to clamber onto a small island where she become panicked and started to run around, getting her lead caught in the undergrowth and trapping her.

Her owner, Mr Milford, attempted to follow her and entered the water to rescue Maggie himself but was unsuccessful and so instead called the Fire Service.

Two crews from Tamworth, including the specialist Boat Rescue Unit, were sent to the incident at just after 1.00pm. The crews located Maggie and brought her safely back to dry land. Mr Milford said: "I am so grateful to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Maggie is very much a member of the family and I don’t know what we do without her."

Paul Cullen Assistant Area Commander said: "Although Mr Milford had good intentions, we would certainly never advocate any member of the public entering rivers, lakes or ponds to rescue pets. Water temperature, currents and obstructions under the water all pose serious risks.

"We were very pleased to be able to reunite Mr Milford with Maggie though and hope she recovers from her ordeal quickly."

Crews left the scene at 3.40pm.