A DOG had to be rescued after falling into a canal.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Upper Mersey Road in Widnes on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after 4pm, crews were sent to help following reports that a dog had fallen into the Sankey Canal, with a large crowd gathering.

Fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, rope rescue unit and a boat from Widnes, Runcorn, Lymm and Penketh stations were all in attendance.

Firefighters were able to rescue the dog using the service boat.