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Sunday 22 October 2017

Hero family dog helps rescue boy trapped in tumble dryer

Riley and his beloved dog Teddy
Riley and his beloved dog Teddy

Dean Gray

A family dog has been hailed as a hero for helping to save a young boy trapped in a tumble dryer.

Teddy the cockapoo raised the alarm after the machine started with five-year-old Riley Gedge-Duffy stuck inside.

Riley, who has Down's syndrome, sustained burns to his arms back and head in the incident at the family home in Bangor, Co Down, on Sunday.

His father, Aaron Duffy, said: "My wife was upstairs hoovering at the time and the dog ran upstairs and basically went berserk so she knew something was not right.

Teddy the cockapoo. Photo: Aaron Duffy/PA Wire
Teddy the cockapoo. Photo: Aaron Duffy/PA Wire

"When she went downstairs she saw our older son watching TV and asked 'where's Riley?' The dog was barking like mad and running backwards and forwards to the tumble dryer, but because it was so dark inside she could not see where Riley was.

"They could hear banging and crashing and could see his iPad going round and round. We suspect he was inside for a couple of minutes. She pulled Riley out and started pouring cold water over him. I arrived home about 40 seconds later, stripped him and took him into the shower to cover him in cold water. After that I dialled 999. It doesn't bear thinking about what might have happened if the dog had not been there."

Riley was taken to the Ulster hospital in Dundonald. Duffy said he was expected to have a CT scan to check swelling to his head.


Riley pictured with his family
Riley pictured with his family

A hospital spokeswoman described the boy's condition as comfortable.

Mr Duffy (42) warned other parents of the dangers posed by tumble dryers, and thanked ambulance and medical staff for their swift response.

He said it was the second time in two months that Teddy had warned of danger. "The dog alerted us that an iPhone charger was catching fire. She's a brilliant dog, it is amazing."

Irish Independent

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