A fire service dog has helped to save the life of a suicidal young woman.
Labradoodle Digby who works as a therapy dog with fire crews from Devon and Somerset, came to the aid of the woman, who was standing on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter on Tuesday.
A fire service spokesman said: ‘One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our ‘defusing’ dog.
Labradoodle Digby (pictured), who works as a therapy dog with fire crews from Devon and Somerset, helped to save the life of a suicidal young woman on Tuesday
‘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.’
Digby’s actions won praise from social media users.
Digby’s (pictured) actions won praise from social media users after he came to the aid of the woman, who was standing on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter on Tuesday
One said: ‘Dogs are amazing, they can sometimes do what humans just aren’t able to. Well done to all concerned.’
Another wrote: ‘Well done Digby.
‘Cockapoos can be very intuitive and gave the face and eyes that, in my opinion, show that they want to be friends to help to listen and to play.’
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it wishes the woman all the best in her recovery.
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