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Firefighters rescue spaniel who fell 20ft into a lock
A BALL game ended in drama for an energetic dog.
Gus the spaniel dived into the water and fell 20 feet into a lock at Spike Island in Widnes.
He was left clinging to the bottom rung of a ladder, attached to the lock wall.
His owner, Gary O’Hare said: “One minute Gus wa chasing a ball, the next he had disappeared into the lock.
“I did the only thing I could think of at the time, which was to call the fire and rescue service.”
Firefighters set up a safety line and climbed down a ladder using specialist height safety equipment.
Gus was rescued and carried to safety by a firefighter.
Gary added: “The firefighters arrived very quickly and were ver professional. I am so thankful to them for rescuing Gus so swiftly.”
Station manager Sean Henshaw, who attended the rescue, said: “We’re delighted that we were able to rescue Gus, who, thankfully, appears to have suffered no ill effects from his ordeal.
“We understand that it is really difficult when a pet goes into the water but we would never advise people to attempt a rescue themselves as it is far too easy to get into difficulties.
“We’d also advise keeping dogs on leads close to water.”