Dog helps save womans life during M5 incident

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(Last Updated On: June 16, 2021)

A dog named Digby has helped save a woman’s life during an incident on a bridge over the M5 yesterday, Tuesday 15 June.

Emergency services were called to concerns for the welfare of a woman on a bridge over the M5 in Exeter at around 11am.

Digby was taken to the incident by the fire service.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service explained Digbys role on social media, saying: “This is Digby. Today he did something amazing and helped save a young woman who was thinking of taking her own life on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter.

“We were at the incident as part of a multi-agency response. Police negotiators were speaking with the woman but the situation was becoming increasingly worrying.

“One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our ‘defusing’ dog. Digby helps crews who have been exposed to trauma during talking therapy ‘diffusing’ sessions.

“When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look, and smiled. This got a conversation started about Digby and his role at the fire service. She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby if she came back over the railings, which we are pleased to say she did.

“We wish the woman involved all the best in her recovery.”

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