Police had no leads to go on when an adventurous mutt was stranded in a park lake – so an heroic officer jumped into action to save it from drowning.
The dramatic scene unfolded in Wolverhampton’s West Park where Yorkshire Terrier Lexi had been out walking with its owner. After deciding to go for a swim in the park’s boating lake,
Lexi began to struggle to keep above the surface and promptly found safety on a small island.
With no way back to the mainland though, her owner and park ranger Cameron Paul frantically called for help.
Step forward hero of the hour Pc Ben Bates, who sailed across in one of the park’s small boats, using a plank of wood to paddle his way there.
However after the officer coaxed the black dog into his boat, a terrified Lexi was keen to give swimming another go and promptly jumped back into the water.
Pc Bates was left with no option but to take the plunge, jumping in after Lexi before guiding the soaking mutt back to dry land and a hugely grateful owner.
The 31-year-old officer, from Telford, admitted it was a bizarre turn of events but that he didn’t mind getting a bit wet.
“It took five minutes to get the dog in the boat and she wasn’t happy. I’m not the best with dogs to be honest,” he said.
“We were only 10 metres away from the island when the dog jumped out of the boat, so i just jumped in after her.
“I didn’t realise how deep the water was – it went up to my chest and then I got the dog and walked back to the owner who gave me a hug.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to me before.
“It’s definitely a bit of a bizarre one.”