Rescue bid after dog falls into river

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FIREFIGHTERS were called after a dog was almost swept away in fast-flowing river waters.

The black Labrador’s owner watched in horror after his pet was carried nearly 10 metres down the River Don, Boldon Colliery, at 2.25pm yesterday.

Fire crews donned life jackets and used poles and thermal imaging cameras, working alongside a swift water rescue crew.

Luckily, 16 firefighters from South Shields and Byker fire stations managed to rescue the river rover, which had scrambled to a grass verge.

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue said the dog was “wet and worn out” but escaped injury.