A dog owner has died after jumping into a river to try and rescue his beloved pet.
The 21-year-old man entered the River Weaver near Weir
Street in Northwich, Cheshire, with a woman, aged 20, after one of the dogs
they were walking fell into the water.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were scrambled to the scene, shortly before 5am on Saturday, to find the woman hanging on to the side of a steep embankment. Firefighters put a ladder alongside and helped hoist her out on to dry land, police said.
She was then assessed by paramedics before being taken to hospital in an ambulance and has since been discharged. The dog which was in the water was also rescued, but the man sadly drowned.
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An extensive search of the river and its banks was conducted
for the man, involving a police helicopter and underwater rescue team along
with a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service rescue boat and swift water rescue
But they found a body in the river at around 2.10pm, which
they believe to be that of the 21-year-old.
Cheshire Police said his family have been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious.
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