Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 11.36am on Wednesday, September 30. The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Marine Rescue Unit and firefighters responded to the call-out.

Station Manager Sean McGuinness said: “It appears that the man was walking his dog in the area around Wallasey town hall when the dog chased a ball and entered the river. Due to the strong tide at the time, the dog was swept away and the owner ran along the shoreline to get ahead of the dog. The man then entered the water.

“The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Marine Rescue Unit launched their boat, Marine Fire One, and rescued the man and dog, who were found clinging to the sea wall.

“Although on this occasion there was a good outcome, this man could have been swept away and killed by the fast flowing water. Water temperatures are also very cold at this time of the year. We urge people not to enter the River Mersey or other deep water to rescue pets as they can easily be swept away.”

The man and the two-year-old Labrador dog had been located and rescued by 11.48am.

The man and the dog, who were found near Seacombe ferry terminal, were safely returned to the Pier Head.

The man was given a precautionary check by a paramedic. Both the dog and the man were unharmed.

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