The loyalty of dogs

Video footage taken from a police helicopter has revealed how a faithful dog stood guard for nearly seven hours after her owner got stuck in a bog of mud.

Pensioner Martin Kay, 67, became trapped in a bog after straying into the mud while on a walk in Thornham Magna, Suffolk, with his black labrador Holly Blue.

He shouted for help when he realised he was stuck but nobody was around to hear his cries, apart from his pet who loyally stayed with him.

A friend raised the alarm around five hours later at 7.30pm on January 18 after arriving to pick him up from his home and finding him missing.

By the time police arrived, friends and neighbours of Mr Kay had already begun searching for him on his usual walking routes.

The police helicopter based at nearby Wattisham was called and eventually located Mr Kay with Holly Blue beside him at around 9pm.

Thermal cameras on the helicopter showed Mr Kay lying down in the darkness with his dog curled up nearby, illuminated by their body heat.

PCs Luke Allard and Clare Wayman were directed to the spot and tried to pull Mr Kay out of the bog - but soon became stuck themselves.

The pair covered Mr Kay with their jackets while waiting for other colleagues to arrive and free them all as temperatures dropped below freezing.

PC Allard and dog handler PC Neil Wisken then carried Mr Kay for around half a mile to the road where a waiting ambulance took him to hospital.

Mr Kay, who was not seriously hurt, later wrote to National Police Air Service to thank all those who helped in the rescue.

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Location: United Kingdom