Firefighters rescue water-loving black Lab from Long Sutton drain
Firefighters came to the rescue when a water-loving Labrador took an impromptu dip in a drain on Monday!
Captain, described by his owner Christina Remon as “a black Lab that likes water”, was almost home from a walk when he took a little detour.
Christina (73) said: “He was off the lead. I turned to look at something and he decided he was going down the bank. I tried to grab him but I couldn’t, otherwise I would have gone down with him.
“He couldn’t get out because it was too deep.
“I tried to get him out by calling him and trying to see if there was a bit of bank that wasn’t quite as steep so he could get out himself.”
Christina says the sides of the bank measured about 6ft-8ft but, luckily, the water only came up to Captain’s belly.
After 15 minutes of calling Captain, a neighbour in St James Road, Long Sutton, came to her aid and called Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
The fire crews lowered a ladder and managed to grab Captain’s harness and lift him to safety.
“They were brilliant,” said Christina.
She said the fire service arrived within five minutes of the call and it took only two or three minutes to free the adventure-seeking hound.
Captain is nearly 12-years-old and moved to his new home six weeks ago from Bedfordshire with Christina and her husband Eric.
Christina hopes Monday’s adventure will teach Captain to be a little more cautious in future but, from now on, he’ll be kept on a lead when he’s near the drain.
She said: “He is a brilliant dog. He was training to be a hearing dog for the deaf, but was one of 11 puppies and didn’t quite make it because he was a bit boisterous and possessive with his food.
“He is very friendly and sociable.”
As well as being grateful to the fire service, Christina is thankful her neighbour called them in to rescue Captain.
Christina said: “She told me ‘In all the years I have lived here, I have never had to get the fire service out!”
She added that she wasn’t planning on quite such a dramatic introduction to her new neighbourhood!
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