Dog reunited with owners after rescue

Bridgewater Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare

Firefighters have reunited a dog with its owner after a round trip of several miles which included a trip into a chilly rhyne.

Firefighters from Weston-super-Mare and Bedminster fire stations were called when a member of the public saw the lone dog jump into a rhyne (a small river). Due to brambles at the side of the waterway the dog was unable to free itself.

When firefighters reached the scene, initially they couldn’t track the dog down in the darkness. Using a thermal imaging camera they eventually found the animal’s heat source and were then able to rescue it from the water. Firefighters used a reach pole with a hook on the end to catch the dog’s collar and pull it to safety.

With the owner nowhere in sight crews called the phone number on the pet’s collar to inform them that they had the dog in their care. The owners weren’t aware their pet Shih tzu was missing as it’s believed it escaped from their garden several miles away from where it was rescued.

Fortunately the pet was soon reunited with its owner after its adventure.