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Teenage girl and dog rescued from river in Denton

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 18 August 2014

A TEENAGE horse rider has been rescued from a river in Denton after she went in to try and retrieve a dog.

The 14-year-old girl was riding along the River Tame near to Stockport Road this afternoon (Monday, August 18) when she spotted a dog in the water.

Despite not being able to swim, the girl went into the river and attempted to rescue the dog before getting into difficulties herself.

Two crew from Ashton and one from Hyde were called to the incident just before 2pm.

They used throw lines to rescue the girl then managed to coax the dog out with the help of its owner.

Watch Manager Stephen Gribbon, from Ashton Community Fire Station, said: "When we arrived we cordoned off the area and made it safe.

"The dog - called Fizz - was about 8ft down from where we were so we couldn't get to it, and on the other side of the water was a 14-year-old girl who'd jumped in to try and rescue the dog but couldn't swim.

"Two firefighters went further downstream to more shallow water to try and get the dog away from the riverbank and we used throw lines to get the girl out, who was up to her shoulders in water.

"We then sent the dog's owner downstream to where the firefighters were and we kept quiet so the dog would hear its owner's voice and swim towards the shallow end of the water where firefighters were able to hoax it out."

The girl was checked over by paramedics at the scene and was luckily uninjured.  The dog was also unharmed.

Watch Manager Gribbon added: "We would like to remind people to never go into open water to attempt to rescue an animal or for any other reason.

"A dog will get itself out of water so if you do see an animal in difficulties, by all means call the emergency services and wait for help but do not try to be a hero.

"The girl thought she was doing the right thing but it's extremely dangerous to go into open water as you never know how deep it is or what's underneath."

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:35
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