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Couple and their pets rescued in Heidelberg river incident

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07 Jan 2019
MFB firefighters have rescued a group of people following an incident at Heidelberg this evening.

A man and a woman were walking their dogs at Warringal Parklands when the man fell down a nine metre drop and into the river.

It's believed the incident occurred when the dogs ran off and the man chased them, falling and rolling down an incline for about 30 metres before landing in the river.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 9.12pm and arrived within five minutes to find the man clinging to a log in the river.

The woman and two dogs had followed the man down to the riverbank and also required rescuing.

Firefighters immediately brought the 35-year-old woman and two dogs to safety using ropes while specialist High Angle Rescue Team and Swift Water Rescue crews rescued the man using ropes and harnesses.

The 35-year-old was placed into the care of Ambulance Victoria paramedics.

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