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Incident Date: 04 June 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are reminding dog walkers to keep their pets on leads around water or steep embankments after an early morning rescue.
The warning comes after a team of around 25 firefighters were called to rescue a 30-year-old woman from the banks of the River Goyt in Offerton, Stockport, on the morning of Thursday, June 4.
The woman had ventured down a steep embankment after eight-year-old boxer Rex ran off at around 7am.
Firefighters from Offerton and Stockport were called to the area of woodland behind Offerton Cricket Club following reports that the woman was hanging precariously on a tree branch above the fast flowing river.
Offerton Watch Manager Steven Johnston said: “We were told that the woman was suspended above fast flowing water so we mobilised the Water Incident Unit and Aerial Appliance but when we got there she was marooned at the bottom of the embankment.
“She had been walking Rex at the top of the embankment about 25-30ft above the water when the dog decided to go down to the river. The woman went after him and got herself stranded down the bottom of the embankment, which was about half a mile from the road.
“We took down rope rescue equipment and a long board and carried out an initial assessment and realised that the woman was uninjured. One firefighter was lowered down to rescue her and Rex was found running around the embankment – luckily both were unharmed.”
Chairman of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Animals are very good at getting themselves out of water and what you often find with these kind of incidents is that the dog will get itself out while the person becomes trapped.
“Now the temperatures are heating up I’d like to remind people not to go into open water at all as there are many unknown dangers lurking at the bottom.”
You can find more information about how to stay safe over the summer here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/safe4summer/Water-Safety.html”