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He fought the current for 20 minutes to save her. He's a hero; Stranger rescues river woman, 70.


A HERO dad jumped into an icy river to save a woman swept away while trying to rescue her dog.

Glenn Hunter dived in fully clothed and fought the strong current to keep the 70-year-old afloat for 20 minutes before fire crews arrived.

Dozens of tourists watched anxiously from the city centre Pulteney Bridge in Bath, Somerset, as the woman, who had stopped breathing, was hauled from the River Avon. Firefighters gave her the kiss of life before she was taken to hospital where she remains seriously ill.

Sportswear designer and former physiotherapist Glenn, 55, of Saltford, did not want to talk about his selfless act.

But daughter Maddie, 15, said: "He is amazing. He didn't want praise or publicity.

He just wanted to know the woman was all right. I am so proud of him.

"He was in the river for 20 minutes, the woman was unconscious and he had no way to get out."

Witness Paul Powis, 65, from Worcester, said: "The woman was unconscious and they were in a freezing cold river. The brave man had to battle a strong current as he kept her head out of the water.

"I was worried he would be swept away. He absolutely saved the woman's life."

Chief Insp Norman Pascal said: "Mr Hunter acted very quickly and selflessly to save this woman. We will be writing to thank him for his actions."

The woman's Jack Russell found its way from the river unhurt and is being cared for at Bath Cats' and Dogs' Home.


END OF ORDEAL Glenn and woman are hauled out

DRAMA Dog owner is given kiss of life on the riverbank

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2014
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