A Comox Valley RCMP officer jumped into the rushing Puntledge River on Thursday night to save a Nanaimo man and his dog.
Around 9 p.m., emergency responders were called to Riverside Park near the 5th Street bridge. They received a report that a man jumped in the river to save his dog, who had fallen in.
Responders arrived to find the man in the river, struggling to maintain his grip on a garden hose being held by another man on the riverbank.
Cpl. Chris Backus, a Comox Valley RCMP officer, called for a rope. With the help of his fellow officers, Backus was lowered into the river. He grabbed the Nanaimo man and helped him to shore. He then hoisted the dog to safety as well. A few minutes later the officer came to shore with the help of a ladder and the rope.
Cpl. Backuss actions are commended as he clearly placed his own safety in jeopardy while saving the life of the man and his dog, said Sgt. T.J. Higginson in a news release. He was also at the scene.
RCMP are also heralding the help of the first citizen on the scene as crucial to the dramatic rescue. He called 911 and waited for help to arrive.
Neither the man nor his dog required additional medical attention.
The rescue also combined efforts from the RCMP, the Courtenay Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and Search and Rescue personnel.
With a file from Comox Valley Echo
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