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Dog rescued from freezing river - firefighters issue safety warning

Hornbeam Close, Buckhurst Hill
01/03/2018 @ 15:00
Incident Number: 72955
In attendance: 1 x Loughton, 1 x Waltham Abbey


Firefighters have rescued a dog from a freezing cold river this afternoon.

The dog, a jack russell called Jessie, was out for a walk with its owner and managed to get stuck in the river and despite encouragement from its owner, the dog could not get out.

When firefighters arrived they managed to safely make their way down the embankment and grab the dog from the freezing water. Jessie was shivering, but otherwise unhurt.

Watch Manager Alan Beddall from Loughton Fire Station, said:

"Jessie has been very lucky - and we are just so relived that we were able to rescue the dog and the owner didn't put themself in danger and to try and rescue the dog.

"When we managed to get the dog out, it was shivering but seemed to be ok.

"Incidents like this show how easy it is for dogs to get into trouble when out walking in these freezing conditions. We want to reiterate that owners should never attempt to save their dogs themselves - call 999 - and leave it to us to rescue them safely. It only takes minutes for cold water to kill, we don't want anyone to out themselves at risk."

Stay safe this winter around iced over ponds and lakes:

  • DO NOT venture onto the ice - being a good swimmer will NOT save you in freezing conditions, so do not enter the water in any circumstance
  • Ensure that children and animals are supervised at all time
  • Do not let your dog off the lead or throw balls anywhere near rivers, ponds or lakes
  • If a person or animal does fall through the ice into the water call the emergency services immediately, do not attempt to rescue them yourself.
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