Posted 3 months ago
Connor holding Charlie under his arm during the rescue. (Image: Matthew Newby/SWNS)
By Calum Loudon
You never know when you might need to act fast in an emergency situation. Selfless people like Connor inspire us to help when we’re needed.
A teenage tourist on his holidays has become a hero after saving a dog from drowning in a lake.
Connor Telfer, 17, from Dundee, was heading on holiday to The Mumbles, Swansea, with his girlfriend and her mum when they stopped at Penllergare Valley Woods for a break.
Jane Warner, 50, from Glais, Swansea, was visiting with her dog Charlie, and after chasing some ducks into the water, the seven-year-old Shih-Tzu got caught up in the thick reeds and appeared to be drowning.
Seeing what was happening, Connor kicked off his trainers and plunged into the water to save the pooch.
Jane said: "I took my two dogs, Titch, a Jack Russell aged six, and Charlie, the Shih-Tzu who’s just turned seven, for a walk to the Penllergare Valley Woods.
"It was only the second time I've been there as I have only lived in Swansea for two months. The first time Charlie ignored the water, but this time he ran straight in and back out and was chasing Titch around.
"I saw Connor, his girlfriend Grace, and her mum sitting on a bench and I joked to them about how Charlie's former owner, who sadly passed away two years ago this weekend, told me he how he loves swimming but it was the first time he’d done it with me.
"Shortly after Charlie spotted some ducks. Without a second thought, he was in again swimming after them. We all laughed – it was so funny to see the ducks leading him round and round.
Charlie with his owner, Jane. (Image: Matthew Newby/SWNS)
"However, our moods suddenly changed when the ducks led Charlie into some reeds and swam away from him. Charlie was paddling fast but not going anywhere, he was tiring, and his head started to go under.
"At that point, Connor didn’t hesitate, just kicked his trainers off and was straight in the water and straight to Charlie who had gone under at this point.
"Connor then grabbed Charlie but got tangled in the reeds himself so was kicking to untangle himself and paddled with difficulty, going under himself several times until they got back to shore.
"He put Charlie down and just collapsed on a nearby stone at the side of the water.
"He had never swum before which made the rescue even more incredible. He said the water was deeper than he thought and he couldn’t put his feet down and really struggled.
"As it was freezing cold he was shaking, vomiting, and clearly in shock. It was incredible to get Charlie back to shore.
"Charlie is my world, I’m chronically ill and he and Titch are a massive lifeline to me on days when I can’t even get out of bed. So to get him back after watching helplessly at the drama unfold was overwhelming.
"I am taking Connor out tonight for a meal as a big thank you and will also be giving him a reward."