On Monday morning in Fife, Scotland a Japanese Akita jumped in the freezing water of the Methil Docks, after the dog’s owner allegedly attempted suicide. The loyal dog stayed by the man’s side until help arrived to rescue them both.
Fire crews were called to the docks just after 5am on Monday. The rescue was a massive operation including the fire brigade, police,ambulance and a specialist coastguard cliff rescue team. A water rescue team used a sled and ladder to pull the man and his dog out of the water.
According to firefighters the middle-aged man jumped into the freezing cold water and the Akita jumped in after him. The dog stayed by the man’s side until rescuers were able to pull them to safety.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dog was returned to the man’s family safely. A rescuer stated, “We don’t really know the circumstances surrounding this but we believe it was an attempted suicide – it looks like the dog tried to stop it.”