Cambridgeshire

Dog and owner rescued from 'extreme danger' sluice gate

Dog rescue Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
Image caption The collie had run off from its owner after being spooked and was eventually found in a sluice gate

A dog and its owner have been rescued after becoming trapped in more than four metres of water in a sluice gate.

The woman spent hours searching for her pet near Prickwillow on Tuesday evening after it ran off, climbing down into the gate where it had become stuck, Cambridgeshire Fire Service said.

If the water level had risen further, the pair could have been dragged into the gate's mechanisms, fire crews said.

It took nearly three hours to rescue the woman and her collie.

"We understand how precious animals are but the owner had put herself in extreme danger," said Station Commander Paul Clarke.

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
Image caption It took almost three hours for the owner and her dog to be pulled out of the sluice gate in Lark Bank, Prickwillow

"With sluice gates you don't know when they are going to activate.

"We have to emphasise to owners the dangers of trying to rescue their animals. If your pets are in danger then please call the fire service."

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