Devon

Devon dog rescue man saved from river

A man who jumped into a river to save his dog had to be rescued himself.

The man was returning with his partner on a tender to their moored boat on the River Dart in Devon when the dog went overboard at 21:00 BST on Monday.

The man was pulled out by another sailor who heard calls for help said Brixham coastguards

The man's partner was rescued from the out-of-control tender by a Dartmouth RNLI crew and the dog was recovered safe and well.

A member of the public at the nearby Noss Marina near Kingswear alerted coastguards.

Brixham coastguard watch officer Matthew Thornhill said: "Dogs are much better swimmers than humans.

"If your dog jumps into the sea, do not attempt to rescue it. This is because you are likely to get in to difficulty. If you do call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

"The water temperature is very cold at the moment so this man was lucky that the calls for help were heard and he was quickly pulled from the water. The cold can put your body into shock."

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