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Dramatic rescue of dog in Carlisle river

A dramatic rescue operation was launched after a dog got into trouble in Carlisle’s River Eden.

Louis the black Labrador was initially stranded on a bank before getting into difficulty in the fast-moving water.

His owner, a man from the city, alerted emergency services at about 8pm last night.

The incident happened on the River Eden, next to the Sheepmount athletics stadium.

Specially-trained firefighters used an inflatable RIB boat with an outboard engine to reach the pet.

Using their swift water rescue training they were able to bring him to safety and unite him with his owner.

The operation lasted about an hour.

Three fire crews – Carlisle East, Carlisle West and Penrith – were involved.

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