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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Cumbrian farmer jumps in lake after dog falls off crag

One man and his hapless sheepdog sparked a major rescue operation after the canine tumbled over a crag into Ullswater – followed a short time later by his master.

The plucky farmer tried to mount his own rescue attempt, diving into the water to save his dog.

It had been attempting to round up sheep when it lost its footing on a high crag and fell into the lake.

After realising that the dog had found safety on a small ledge, the farmer then swam to the safety of the shore.

The drama unfolded shortly after 5pm yesterday, prompting a call to the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

A spokesman said: “The dog ended up in the water closely followed by the farmer going to the dog’s aid.

“The dog had managed to sit on a small ledge at water level and the farmer swam ashore and made his way to Patterdale, albeit wet and very shaken.”

The police were also alerted, said the spokesman.

The rescuers launched their rigid inflatable boat and quickly located the stricken sheepdog, cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed before reuniting it with its owner.

If you need any mountain rescue team call 999 and ask for the police then mountain rescue.

Yesterday’s rescue lasted 90 minutes and involved seven members of the team.

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