A GRATEFUL dog owner has thanked three school pupils who rescued her treasured pet after it became trapped in a beck.
Pat Swinbourne was walking her terrier Daisy at Summerhill Country Park, in Hartlepool, when the dog got scared by a sudden loud bang.
She ran down a steep bank and got stuck in some prickly bushes.
But luckily three students from English Martyrs School nearby were in the area during a cross country run, and went to Daisy’s aid.
Pals Chris Marshall-Bell, Luke Sutheran and Joe Evans chambered down into the six-foot steep beck and pulled the frightened pet free.
The lads got wet and scratched for their troubles but Daisy escaped unhurt.
Pat, 65, said: “There was a sudden loud bang and she just ran straight down into the beck and she couldn’t get out.
“She was looking for a place to get out and got stuck in the brambles.”
Pat tried in vain to reach Daisy, when Chris, Luke and Joe appeared and insisted on helping.
Luke, 16, from Hart, said: “When we walked down the hill we saw the lady shouting to the dog.
“We just jumped in and climbed down into the beck.”
After a five minute struggle they managed to release Daisy, a five-year-old cross terrier.
Chris, 15, of Foggy Furze, Hartlepool, said they were not worried about getting into trouble with their teacher for breaking away from their lesson adding: “The dog was more important.”
Pat, of the Rift House area of Hartlepool, praised them for their efforts.
She said: “I just want to say thank you very much.
“I don’t know how Daisy would have got out without them.
“It would have been impossible for me to get her on my own.”
English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee said: “I think they are heroic.”