Lake District walker saved by hero dog after seizure collapse

A hero Labrador raised the alarm after its owner suffered a seizure while walking in the Lakes.

The 71-year-old man was walking his two dogs on Braithwaite How this morning when he suffered a suspected seizure and collapsed.

One of his dogs, a black Labrador, raced off to find a nearby walker, barking at her to get her attention and leading her back to his unconscious owner who was being watched by his golden retriever.

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The woman called 999 and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were called out to help the walker.

Fortunately he had regained consciousness and he was able to walk down the hill to an ambulance.

Rescue: Team members on the callout
Rescue: Team members on the callout
(Image: Keswick MRT)

A spokesperson for the mountain rescue team said: “A 71 year old man was out on his own walking his dogs on Braithwaite How.

“A few minutes after passing another walker he had an apparent seizure, collapsed and became unconscious.

“Incredibly one of his dogs, a black Labrador, ran after the passing walker barking to get her attention and tried to get her to return, which she duly did. She found the other dog, a golden retriever, lying by the unconscious man.

“She phoned 999 for assistance and Keswick MRT sent out a vehicle with other team members going direct.

“By the time the team had arrived the man had regained consciousness and after an assessment by a team medic he was able to walk down the hill to an awaiting ambulance. He was then taken to hospital for further checks.

“Many thanks to the passing walker and the amazing dogs.”

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