Hero woman dived into River Thames in Putney to save drowning dog

Hero woman dived into River Thames in Putney to save drowning dog

The dramatic rescue in Putney (Photo by Robert Linton)

Both the pup and Ms Wylie were hauled to safety

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Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter covering Wandsworth

This is the dramatic moment a woman was pulled from the River Thames after she dived in to save a puppy.

Gardener Julie Wylie, 36, jumped into the fast-flowing river after her client’s Labradoodle hopped over the wall of her Putney home and into the water.

Fortunately Ms Wylie and the pooch, who was wearing a large plastic collar, were spotted by a passing Thames Clipper river-bus on Tuesday evening.

The crew managed to keep them afloat until the Port of London Authority arrived and hauled the pair to safety.

A spokesman for the Port of London Authority said: “This successful rescue of both the woman and the dog was a great piece of teamwork on the Thames.

“Joe Wiltshire from the Thames Clipper Riverbus showed great skill  and professionalism in getting a rope to them both swiftly.

“He then worked side by side with Jim Denby and Danny Marsh from the Port of London Authority to get Julia and the dog Jess to safety on board our launch ‘Benfleet’.

“Everyone did a grand job and we were pleased to play our part.”

More to follow.

Did you see the rescue? Email ssleigh@london.newsquest.co.uk

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12:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

buggsie says...

How many times do we read/hear of humans jumping into water to save dogs - getting into difficulties and losing their own life - while the dog gets itself out of trouble. Luckily she was saved - but will they never learn.
How many times do we read/hear of humans jumping into water to save dogs - getting into difficulties and losing their own life - while the dog gets itself out of trouble. Luckily she was saved - but will they never learn. buggsie
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1:15pm Fri 18 Jul 14

balhamite says...

How many times buggsie? I've no idea ... do tell!

I say good on her for having the bravery to do it.
How many times buggsie? I've no idea ... do tell! I say good on her for having the bravery to do it. balhamite
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