City firefighters perform double doggy rescues from frozen river

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FIREFIGHTERS from Newport Pagnell became doggy heroes when they carried out two animal rescues within four days over the festive season.

On both occasions the dogs had walked onto the frozen River Ouzel and fallen through the ice.

The first drama happened two days before Christmas when firefighters arrived to find a dog struggling under the ice and a passer-by up to his waist in freezing cold water trying to rescue it.

Both man and dog were helped out by the fire service’s special rescue sled.

The man was given a rub down to restore his circulation and the dog taken to a vet.

Four days later the crew were called out again to just a few hundred yards upstream at Tickford Bridge.

The dog, which had recently been adopted from a rescue centre, was not familiar with its surroundings and had strayed onto the ice. Firefighters launched their rescue boat and carried the animal to safety.

The incidents came just two weeks after Bucks Fire and Rescue launched a city-wide campaign through SaferMK to warn people of the dangers of icy waterways.

Newport Pagnell crew manager Malcolm Chalk said: “This highlights the importance of keeping dogs on the lead when out walking near frozen rivers, lakes and canals.”