Norwich man who rescued dog in River Wensum revealed
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.
“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 – 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.”
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.”
Mr Taylor has kept in touch with the couple and plans to visit Bentley in Cambridge in the future.