Dog rescue among 4,475 calls to ambulance service

Ambulance and fire crews were called to a reservoir in Essex after report a dog and its owner had gone into the water.

Firefighters laid down a rescue path to free the dog fallen through ice at Elmstead in Colchester.

The owner had not attempted to rescue the dog by going into the water himself, the ambulance service said.

This was just one of 4,475 emergency calls to the East of England Ambulance Service between 1800 GMT on Friday and 0900 GMT on Saturday.

A spokesman said the calls were about 1,000 down on the same period last year.

They were dealt with by crews covering Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The busiest area was Essex where 1,470 calls were dealt with and the lowest number came from Bedfordshire with 421.

Crews dealt with medical emergencies and people complaining of chest pains as well as victims of assault, he said.

The dog survived its dip in the water and its grateful owner returned to crews later that day with chocolates as a thank you, the fire service said.

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