A 12-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after diving into a freezing canal to save a dog from drowning. the boy was on a canal boating holiday in Sheffield with her family when she saw the Dog fall into the ice-cold water. The dog was walking along the deck of a narrowboat when he slipped and fell into the canal.
Thomas heard the DOG screams and immediately dived into the cold murky water and swam across to help him. He grabbed hold of the dog and held his head above water until family members arrived to help.
Thomas told an online news website: ‘I heard a scream and ignored it at first as there were children playing nearby, but when I heard a second scream I realized somebody was in trouble.
‘I ran over to the side of the boat and saw the dog bobbing around in the water screaming he was going to die.
‘I put my hand out but he wouldn’t grab it – he was panicking too much- so I jumped in and just kept him afloat.
‘I’m quite a good swimmer as I go swimming twice a week so I wasn’t too worried about the cold water, all I remember is me and him grabbing the boat to try and keep ourselves above the water.
‘I was really just concentrating on stopping him from drowning.’
Thomas’s mum, Abi Bown, said she was proud of her son and was on hand to make sure the youngsters were warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate after the rescue.
She said: ‘I ran across after I heard screams and saw them both in the water but I couldn’t get them out, I literally had to tow them to the front of the narrowboat which allowed us to pull them back up to the deck.
‘We are very proud of him and his obviously used common sense during the rescue, with no one around to help he jumped in with no thought for his own safety.