Heartwarming moment tiny Jack Russell terrier is rescued from a piece of wood in the Thames 

A dog was miraculously saved from drowning in the Thames after a boat rescued him from a floating piece of wood. 

The two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier – who has now been named Splash – was spotted stranded on the floating piece of debris in June this year. 

Concerned passers-by managed to capture the tense scenes on camera when workers from the Port of London Authority pulled the dog to safety. 

Concerned passers-by near the Thames managed to capture the tense scenes on camera when workers from the Port of London Authority used poles to pull the dog to safety

Concerned passers-by near the Thames managed to capture the tense scenes on camera when workers from the Port of London Authority used poles to pull the dog to safety

Concerned passers-by near the Thames managed to capture the tense scenes on camera when workers from the Port of London Authority used poles to pull the dog to safety

The pooch is then dragged along the side of the boat to the end on the wood until a second man can reach him and pull him to safety

The pooch is then dragged along the side of the boat to the end on the wood until a second man can reach him and pull him to safety

The pooch is then dragged along the side of the boat to the end on the wood until a second man can reach him and pull him to safety

Footage shows the hound on the piece of wood as a boat approaches and moves closer.

The man on the boat uses a pole to pull the wood nearer until it is alongside the vessel. 

The pooch is then dragged along the side of the boat to the end on the wood until a second man can reach him and pull him to safety. 

After being rushed to a nearby vet, the traumatised dog was taken to Battersea’s Brands Hatch Centre in Kent– where he met Paul O’Grady for episode six of ITV’s For The Love of Dogs.

In the programme Paul helps staff at the animal charity as they work with the dog to overcome his traumatic experience and find his feet on dry land. 

After being rushed to a nearby vet, Splash (pictured) was taken to Battersea's Brands Hatch Centre in Kent

After being rushed to a nearby vet, Splash (pictured) was taken to Battersea's Brands Hatch Centre in Kent

After being rushed to a nearby vet, Splash (pictured) was taken to Battersea’s Brands Hatch Centre in Kent

Splash met Paul O'Grady (pictured) for episode six of ITV's For The Love of Dogs, where he helped the pooch during his rehabilitation

Splash met Paul O'Grady (pictured) for episode six of ITV's For The Love of Dogs, where he helped the pooch during his rehabilitation

Splash met Paul O’Grady (pictured) for episode six of ITV’s For The Love of Dogs, where he helped the pooch during his rehabilitation

In the programme Paul helps staff at the animal charity as they work with the dog to overcome his traumatic experience and find his feet on dry land

In the programme Paul helps staff at the animal charity as they work with the dog to overcome his traumatic experience and find his feet on dry land

In the programme Paul helps staff at the animal charity as they work with the dog to overcome his traumatic experience and find his feet on dry land

Vicki Milner from Battersea said: ‘We will never know the reasons why Splash ended up in the Thames, but even after going through such a scary and stressful experience, he was very affectionate with the staff looking after him. 

‘However, the sights and sounds around Battersea started to prove too much for him.

‘We knew Splash would flourish with lots of open space, so we contacted Greenacres Rescue in Wales to see if they would take him on. 

‘He really shone in the right environment and we were so happy he found a loving new home after all he’d been through. Splash is a true survivor and, like all rescues, had so much love to give despite his traumatic past.’

After quickly adapting to his new temporary accommodation, Splash went to live with an older couple who have 45 years of Terrier experience, and who say he is now doing ‘very well’ at home.

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