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Warning for dog walkers after woman gets stranded trying to save pet

Video of the woman being rescued was released as part of a warning from the RNLI against following pets into water.

Dog owners have been warned about the dangers of attempting to rescue their pets after a lifeboat crew was called to save a stranded woman.

The Royal National Lifeboat Insitution (RNLI) released footage of the rescue as it urged pet owners not to risk their own lives.

The video shows a lifeboat from Chiswick RNLI helping the woman, who was up to her knees in the River Thames near Wandsworth on Sunday September 9.

She had tried to retrieve her labrador from the water while clinging to a ladder, before the lifeboat crew arrived and pulled both to safety.

The unnamed woman was uninjured, the RNLI said.

Helmsman Glen Monroe said: “The woman was unable to help her dog back up the ladder, and the shore-side firefighters were unable to get to her. Our attendance prevented this situation from deteriorating.

“We always advise owners not to follow their dog into the water and put themselves at risk but to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

“We can reach a distressed dog very quickly and return it safely to its owner.”

The incident was the seventh dog rescue in the area this year, according to the RNLI said.

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