Adorable ‘defusing’ therapy dog helps save young woman from jumping off bridge

A cute dog convinced a woman to step back from plummeting to her death from a motorway bridge.

Digby who works alongside firefighters as a therapy dog, was deployed into action on Tuesday when a call came in reporting a suicidal young woman.

Brought by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to a bridge over the M5 motorway near Exeter, Digby rose to the occasion and helped save the woman's life.

The emergency service explained negotiators at the scene, grew increasingly worried about the situation when Digby's name was mentioned.

A spokesman said: "One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our 'defusing' dog."

Digby has previously helped in talking therapy sessions for emergency workers who have been exposed to trauma.

"When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look and smiled. This got a conversation started about Digby and his role at the fire service," said the spokesman.

"She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby if she came back over the railings, which we are pleased to say she did."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it wishes the woman all the best in her recovery.

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Digby's "amazing" actions won praise across social media.

One person said: "Well done Digby. Cockapoos can be very intuitive and gave the face and eyes that, in my opinion, show that they want to be friends to help to listen and to play."

Another wrote: "Dogs are amazing, they can sometimes do what humans just aren't able to. Well done to all concerned, hope the lady gets the help she needs."

Anyone in need of confidential emotional support can call Samaritans free on 116 123 or by emailing [email protected] or visiting Samaritans.org.

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