Dramatic river rescue saves dog

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

FIREFIGHTERS rescued a dog from the River Dearne - after its distressed owner was dissuaded from jumping in the fast-flowing water.

Dearne fire crews were alerted to the plight of the labrador trapped in the river off Doncaster Road, Darfield at 10.12am on Saturday.

Its frantic owner made a 999 call in which she said she was considering entering the river.

Control operator Neil Ducker calmly persuaded the woman owner not to place herself at risk of drowning, while his red watch colleagues set off to give help.

Firefighters were quickly on the scene, and rescued the animal from the swollen river to reunite it with its owner.

Station Manager Jon Torn, who witnessed the drama from the control room, said: “While this may seem an every day part of the job that our control staff do, I was there to see how well Neil interacted with the lady and calmed her down, and how the other members of the control room went about their business.

“I believe they stopped her from attempting to rescue the dog herself, which could have resulted in a more serious incident, and they should be praised for their actions.”