Norwich man who rescued dog in River Wensum revealed

Published:
06:00 31 August 2022



A dog lover has explained how he rescued a dog in distress from the River Wensum, leaving the scene in need of eyebrow stitches.

Reece Taylor was heading to Morrisons at around 6.30am Thursday when he saw a distressed couple on the phone at Foundry Bridge.

Mr Taylor, 27, recalled: “I could hear the man say, ‘Please help me, my dog ​​is going to drown.’

“I looked into the river but I couldn’t even see the dog because he was underwater.


Reece Taylor after stitches were put in his eyebrow
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“Growing up, my mum was a bit of a Dr Dolittle, so a number of different dogs, rabbits and cats came to stay with us.

“So I got undressed and left my bike.”

The inner-city man – who works as a Deliveroo pilot and part-time chef at The Whalebone – managed to help lift a two-year-old Italian cane corso Bentley onto the side of a boat moored at Norwich Yacht Station .


Bentley, a two-year-old cane corso, had to be rescued after falling into the River Wensum in Norwich

Bentley, a two-year-old cane corso, had to be rescued after falling into the River Wensum in Norwich
– Credit: Jade Lanigan

Bentley – which weighs 60 kilos – is owned by Cambridgeshire couple Jade Lanigan and Jacob Williams who were on a boating holiday in the town with their 11-year-old son Jamie.

Mr Taylor said: “We managed to put a rope around his neck and after a few tries we managed to pull him into the boat with Jade above the water.

“I had been bitten because Bentley was in such distress. I didn’t realize the full extent until I got out of the water and looked at my face.”


Reece Taylor who lives in Norwich

Reece Taylor who lives in Norwich
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Mr Taylor went straight to the walk-in center and was told to go to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where a surgeon put stitches in his right eyebrow.

He said: “If I had cycled past and seen the dog drown in the river, I would never have been able to live with myself knowing that I could have helped. I don’t regret it. not.

“I was confident in my ability to swim and I don’t blame Bentley for the stitches. He was distressed and struggling in the water.

“He would have been a big softy with me on earth.”


Bentley enjoying its journey along the Broads

Bentley enjoying its journey along the Broads
– Credit: Jade Lanigan

Mr Taylor has kept in touch with the couple and plans to visit Bentley in Cambridge in the future.

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