Dean Allen, a 15-year-old boy risked his own life by jumping into a river to save his pet dog, Bronk, from drowning. Dean had taken his dog for a casual walk with his friend, by the River Ryton near where he lived in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Bronk, the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier had jumped into the river after seeing another dog and his head had disappeared under the water and not reappeared. At this point Dean immediately dived in to the river to try to save Bronk, only to find Bronk’s leg had been entangled in some debris stopping him swimming up to the surface.
Dean managed to free him after some effort and hauled Bronk on to the river bank, but by this point Bronk was no longer breathing. With fear for his dog’s life, Dean then started to pump at his chest and breath into Bronk’s nose, from the lessons he had learned from attending first aid classes with St John’s Ambulance. Within moments Bronk started breathing again and Dean rushed Bronk straight home. Dean’s mum said she was very proud of her son and she took Bronk immediately to the vets where he was placed into an oxygen tent until he fully recovered. Bronk is now fully recovered from his traumatic near death experience and doing well.