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Good Samaritan rescued from River Thames after trying to save dog

The dog was reunited with its owner who was waiting at the side of the river.

A good Samaritan who jumped into the River Thames to help rescue a struggling dog also ended up being plucked to safety.

The RNLI’s Tower Lifeboat station, based in central London, was called at around 7.49pm on Sunday to reports of a dog in the river near to St Thomas’s Hospital.

A spokesman said that as the lifeboat neared Westminster Bridge they were told a member of the public had entered the water to try to save the dog.

“The lifeboat arrived on scene with the Marine Police 2 and could see a male stood on the rescue chains attached to the embankment wall,” the spokesman said.

“He was stood just above the waterline with the dog in his hands.”

During the rescue the lifeboat was positioned against the embankment wall so the dog and the man could be taken aboard.

A picture tweeted by Tower RNLI shows the damp light-coloured dog sitting on the floor of the lifeboat following its ordeal.

After the rescue from the murky water of the Thames, the dog was reunited with its owner who was waiting at the side of the river, the spokesman said.

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