A dog owner who plunged thirty foot into the River Wharfe while searching for her pet has been saved by fire and rescue crews.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also saved her dog in the incident, which took place at Deepdale Lane, Boston Spa on Sunday, September 18th. Crews from Wetherby, Leeds and Tadcaster attended the scene at approximately 11.30am following reports of a woman in the river.
Technical Rescue Officer Mick Loney from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said falling down a cliff into the river had left the woman with several injuries. “Crews, supported by colleagues from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and West Yorkshire Police rescued the female from the water and she was treated on the bank before being transported to hospital. It was then identified that the female had got into difficulty in the first place because she was searching for her dog.”
Rescue crews located the dog on the cliff. They used a two-line system to descend and rescue the dog - who was successfully reunited with the owner’s father. Mick Loney added: “We all love our pets, but they are incredibly resilient and far more agile than we are as owners. If your pet gets itself into a difficult situation, please call the fire service and don’t put yourself at risk.”