Seventy-Year-Old Woman Risked Life to Save Her Pet

An elderly woman and her pet were saved from drowning in a frigid river by a brave man and area firefighters.

A 70-year-old woman risked her life by jumping into the frigid waters of Avon River in Bath, England, after her Jack Russell Terrier fell into the water and struggled to stay alive. Thankfully, both woman and pet were pulled to safety.


The elderly woman was unable to reach her pet, and due to the cold temperatures she lost consciousness while in the river.

Fifty-five-year-old Glenn Hunter spotted the woman and he too jumped into the river. Hunter struggled to keep the pet owner afloat and fought off strong currents in order to not drift away.

The brave man and the unconscious woman spent about 20 minutes in the water. There was no way for them to get out. Thankfully, firefighters arrived to save them all.

The dog suffered no injuries from the frigid plunge and he is being cared for by Bath Cats and Dogs Home.

The pet owner was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition.

58 thoughts on “Seventy-Year-Old Woman Risked Life to Save Her Pet

  1. My best friend, loyal companion, Nicolas aka Nickey is a jack russel terrier… I’d risk my life for him too.

  2. Anybody human with a heart would do the same. You choose your pet and that comes with a promise you will look after it, yes it is insane but in an instant instinct will take over common sense. Glad they’re both OK

  3. The same happened in my town last winter. The dog survived, sadly the owner was killed, not by drowning but from by the horrific injuries he sustained from the debris in floodwater as he was swept away. He left a wife and two small children, very very sad. Saying that I did exactly the same thing last year, jumped in the river to save my friends spaniel who had fallen in and couldn’t get out. It was low tide tho and the flow was slow. If it was flowing fast I wouldn’t have done it. Never underestimate the power of water.

  4. Oh dear hope lady will get better …but i would jump in the river too to save my furkids..i will have no second thoughts about it <3

  5. Bless her, I’d done the same. Hope she makes a full recovery & is home soon with her beloved pet <3

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