Owner leaps into Thames to save dog ‘scared of water’ who jumped 10ft into river

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A dog scared of water "couldn't stop himself" falling 10ft into the River Thames, demanding heroic action from his panicked owner to survive.

Thankfully Deven Vyas sprung into action and darted into the water to save 10-month-old Apollo, who he kept afloat until a lifeboat came to steer the pair of them to safety.

Deven feared Apollo had died falling from a wall near Tower Bridge in London, where they had been walking to a pal's party at around 8.30pm on Tuesday night.

Having only just lost his other dog Eros last month, the lawyer was determined to do what he could to keep his young Weimaraner alive and so spent around half an hour clinging to him in the water.

The 49-year-old said: "I was on my way to a friend's for Eurovision evening. I was at a part of the bridge where no cars can get to so I kept Apollo off the lead.

"Then he just ran towards the wall and went so far he couldn't stop himself. He just dropped and landed in the Thames.

"It was the most horrible and terrifying experience. I genuinely believed he had died. I couldn't fathom what happened and why it happened.

"He managed to swim to a ledge and started to panic. He was getting more and more aggressive and I really feared he was going to get swept away as the water filled up.

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"He started to look like he might jump from the ledge. It's not a little drop, it's a really long way down.

"I walked into the water and managed to get him on the lead as he was on the ledge and I held onto the railings. Within a few minutes the rescue teams arrived."

Mr Vyas praised the rescue team who quickly arrived and carried them back to dry land.

He said: "Luckily the rescue team were brilliant and were there within minutes.

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"Quite a few people had gathered at the side of the water. I lost my other dog four weeks prior. All I could think was 'how could I lose another dog in a matter of weeks?'"

Mr Vyas said he did not know why Apollo suddenly jumped into the water.

He added: "He's a big dog, but he's scared of water. There's no logic for what he did.

"It just came out of nowhere, he's never done anything like this, it was utterly random.

"I don't know what came into his mind, maybe he saw a bird on the wall, I still can't understand why he did it. Thankfully he's fine, no injuries, no broken bones or anything.

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"I didn't fear for myself, I just couldn't lose him. I had those awful fears that he would be swept away, I couldn't bear the thought of losing him.

"But not long after being rescued, he even wanted to get back in the water so I had to put him on the lead."

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