Hero dog swims into river and rescues boy who was 'just seconds from drowning'

A hero dog saved the life of a boy who was “seconds” away from drowning in a river.

The Staffordshire Bulldog Cross called Max swam out to rescue the desperate boy who had been swept into the deepest part of the river and dragged onto large rocks.

The dog was wearing a life jacket that the child could hold on to when it was brought ashore from the estuary at Port Noarlung, South Australia.

Rob Osborn, Max’s owner, was standing on the river bank when he spotted the boy in distress in the water.

He said 7 messages: “The tide was coming in and it sucked the boy over to all the big rocks, into a really deep part of the river over here.”

It would have been a “scary” situation for the youngster, he added.

Family member and witness Nevaeh Osborn said the boy was “bound to drown at any second”.

Before Mr. Osborn could jump into the water and swim to the child, Max was already paddling through the river to reach it.

Max, a Staffordshire Bulldog Cross, swims in a river

Rob Osborn speaks to a 7 News TV reporter

Mr. Osborn yelled at the boy to call Max’s name and grab the handle of the dog’s life jacket.

The proud owner said, “He’s definitely a hero, he just doesn’t know.

“He only did what he was told.”

Another witness said the boy was “shaken” after being rescued.

Mrs. Osborn has not been given the names of the boy and his mother and he hopes to find them, to catch up with them and to find out if the boy is okay.

The incident was recreated for the cameras by 7 News.

The video shows Max swimming out into the river and a boy grabbing his life jacket and being brought ashore.


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