In a video posted on Twitter by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or RNLI, crew on a lifeboat can be seen speeding towards the man who is perched precariously on rescue chains attached to the embankment wall. With one hand, he clutches onto the dog.
The rescuers first take the damp dog and wrap it in a warm blanket. Then they help the man onto the boat.
Once they safely reach the shore, it becomes apparent that the dog is not the man's. The dog's grateful owner, waiting anxiously by the side of the river, rushes over to thank the good Samaritan and rescue crew.
"That was insane. He literally just ran along the pavement and just jumped straight over - without a second breath," the dog's owner tells one of the rescuers on camera.
People took to Twitter to applaud the passerby's efforts to save the dog:
Omg bless his little face! And bless you blooming amazing folks and the guy who jumped in— Redgirl (@reddabel) June 12, 2017
Thank you to all for helping rescue this doggie esp poor man who had to then be rescued himself— marianne ryan (@marianneryan15) June 12, 2017
Still plenty of good people around , including the RNLI. Well done everyone— Hazel (@miss_scottie) June 12, 2017
Thank you for bringing about yet another positive outcome, we can ALL use more news that gives us something to smile about! WELL DONE!— Christine George (@TPD593) June 11, 2017
While praising the man's 'brave act', crew member Mick Nield warned people against diving into rivers to save animals. Talking to the Daily Mail, he suggested people call the authorities for help instead.
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