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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Dog bites man trying to save it after Cumbrian harbour bridge fall

A dog that plunged from a bridge into a Cumbrian harbour bit the man who was trying to save it.

The man waded through the thick Maryport Harbour mud to the animal after it ignored attempts by two fishermen on a nearby boat to entice it to safety.

As he tried to carry it, the panicked pet bit the man, who was eventually able to get it on to the boat and reunited with its owner.

The drama, which happened at about 9.40am today at the harbour's outer basin, brought a warning from Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team.

"Incidents involving family pets are always emotive but the best advice is wait for the emergency services.

"A mud rescue takes place in one of the worst environments the team as Coastguard's face. Our personal protective equipment is designed to protect us from it and team members have all been inoculated against some of the bacteria we could come across.

"Suffering a bite from a dog will lead to a Tetanus injection and a course of antibiotics," it said.

Both the dog and its rescuer were taken to the team's station.

The dog, said to be "feeling rather sorry for itself" but otherwise unharmed, was cleaned up. The man had his wounds cleaned and was given advice about the danger he had put himself in.

The Coastguard thanked the fishermen, the member of Maryport Rescue who raised the alarm and the rescuer for their actions.

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