Passerby Saves Man And His Dog From River

AnimalTalesOfficialPublished: July 9, 2018165 plays$0.23 earned
Published: July 9, 2018

People like to say that not all heroes wear capes and this footage proves it. One brave man took a plunge in Brayford Pool in Lincoln, London, to save a man and his dog from drowning.

Apparently, a black Cocker Spaniel jumped River Witham and got stuck in the pool waters around 5:30 pm on Monday, May 21. His owner chased the dog and then jumped to try and get him out of the water, but was unsuccessful. That is when our brave rescuer came across the scene on his skateboard, took off his clothes and jumped in the pool himself, getting both dog and human out to safety.

A student at University of Lincoln Jessica Murphy saw the dog swimming in the water and recorded a video that found its way on social media later that day. “At first we thought it was okay, but then realised it was struggling when its head kept going under water and it was trying to climb onto the birds nests and the rubbish to stay afloat.

“This was happening for what seemed like 15 minutes. I saw the boy who rescued it get off his skateboard and climb over the edge straight away, no hesitating, and by now about 30 people were watching and he was the only one acting.

“Then out of nowhere a man came swimming over and tried to grab the dog, but instead he was accidentally making it go under the water so he had to stop.

“The dog swam to the boy and he pulled the man and dog out the water. The dog was frightened of the train so he wouldn’t pass that bit so he was just swimming in circles.

“He had cuts on his legs from jumping in, but him and the dog were fine and his wife came and got them.”

We learn that the brave rescuer was a professor at University of Lincoln by the name of Timothy Hodgson. He told media outlets that we was leaving work that day when he heard the commotion outside his offices. He spotted a bunch of students watching the dog paddle helplessly in the pool waters. Professor Hodgson feared for the safety of the dog, so he did what he thought logical - climbed down a pipe to help the owner and his dog out to dry land.

“I looked at the pipe and thought it was an ideal platform to get on - I got one of the lads to brace me as I was getting down there,” the professor said. “The dog was nervous at first and would not come round to me, but then the bloke came through from under the rail bridge and that made him feel safe.”

The entire rescue mission lasted only about 15 minutes, but the impact in left on people on social media lasted far longer than that. “I’m glad because it’s a positive story, though it was funny for people to think I was a young man.
“I still like skateboarding and lots of sports – I’m just a little bit weird. But it just shows, it’s always surprising what you find in the Brayford.”

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