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Dog drowns in Diss lake despite desperate rescue effort

The Diss Mere in South Norfolk. Credit: Diss Town Council

A dog has drowned after it got into trouble in a lake in Norfolk.

It's thought the springer spaniel had escaped from a family home and got into difficulty in the Diss Mere.

Council maintenance worker John Hanser saw that the animal was struggling and jumped in to help, but was unable to reach him in time.

I’m just upset, I love Springer Spaniels.

I thought, if I can get him, I will. I know I shouldn’t have tried, but I couldn’t leave the poor thing out there.

You do these things, and I thought he was close enough to get, but he turned around and paddled off. It was so cold, I thought, I can’t get to him, and sure enough he went under.

– John Hanser, Diss Council

The Council have warned people of the importance of keeping their pets on leads near the Mere at all times following the incident.



Abellio Greater Anglia disruptions likely to continue until at least 19:30

Disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia between Norwich and Ipswich due to person hit by a train between Norwich and Diss.

All lines are currently blocked between Norwich and Diss. Pasengers travelling between Norwich and London can travel via Cambridge. Abellio Greater Anglia expect disruption to continue until around 19:30.

Abellio Greater Anglia: All lines blocked between Diss and Norwich

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