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Firefighters rescue stranded dogs

22/01/2014

Firefighters rescued two dogs that had become stranded on a ledge next to a fast flowing river in Stafford.

"I would urge people to always call the fire service in the event of this type of incident. We have the expert knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out these rescues in a safe and considered manner, without putting lives in danger." 

Station Manager Neil Burton

One crew from Stafford and one from Newcastle attended the incident, at fields next to Brooklime Gardens in Doxey, along with the Water Rescue Tender.

They used the rescue sled, which is a small inflatable boat, to reach the dogs that had become trapped under the railway bridge after they jumped into the water for a swim.

The owner realised the animals were unable to climb out of the river due to the strength of the current and tried to rescue them. However, after finding himself in difficulty, he called the fire service.

Station Manager Neil Burton said: “While it is understandable that any animal owner would want to rescue their pet if it became stranded, you must think of the risks that you face if you do try to take action.

“I would urge people to always call the fire service in the event of this type of incident. We have the expert knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out these rescues in a safe and considered manner, without putting lives in danger.”

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 12.22pm on Sunday and the last engine returned to the station at 2.01pm.

Neither animal was harmed as a result of the incident.