Dog owner thanks firefighters for saving his “best friend” - Dave the dog

Dog rescue at Ten Mile Bank: Pictures Tim EdwardsThe two chaps on the raft are: Kevin Peat (behind

Dog rescue at Ten Mile Bank: Pictures Tim EdwardsThe two chaps on the raft are: Kevin Peat (behind) and Karl Hain (front). - Credit: Archant

A dog owner has thanked firefighters for saving Dave, his Golden Labrador, after it went missing.

Dave was with owner, father-of-two Dale Osler when it ran off. It was rescued two-and-a-half miles away, stuck in a river, tangled up in reeds, about three hours after it went missing.

Firefighters were called to Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, at about 3.30pm on Monday.

Mr Osler, a farmworker, from Sedge Fen, near Southery, said: 'I'm proper chuffed he's back. I've had him for 11-and-a-half years since he was a puppy. This time I thought he was gone for good. I thought someone may have picked him up and taken him away, as he's such a friendly dog.'

Mr Osler, 37, was with his farm dog working when it went missing. He said: 'I started riding around looking for him, but could not find him.

'A young lad spotted him in a river and called the fire brigade, which sent out a rescue boat. I'm very thankful to the fire brigade for saving him. They saved my best friend.'

Tim Edwards, group manager (western district), Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, said: 'I went with the water rescue team from Thetford. The dog was trapped and could not get out.

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'It was cold and wet but very happy to be on dry ground and safe. There was a phone number for its owner on the dog tag.'