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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
Dog's 'Lassie' rescue of boy, 8
Nye Thomas and Bud
Nye Thomas, Bud, and the rope swing that made the dog a hero
A dog made a Lassie-style rescue after a boy of eight fell 30ft from a rope swing into a river, breaking both arms.

Nye Thomas wrapped Bud's lead around himself to help him out of the water and up the bank of the Tawe in Swansea.

Bud, a Welsh border collie and black labrador cross, also barked to alert Nye's parents as he dragged him home.

"You hear about dogs helping people but until it happens to you, you don't release how grateful you are to have good pets," said Nye's father Richard.

Nye was hurt when he was playing on the swing while taking Bud for a walk.

"I was just having fun and I fell off," he said.

"Bud just dragged me out. It was really, really painful."

Bud was absolutely fantastic
Richard Thomas, Nye's father

Covered in mud, Nye was taken to hospital where X-rays revealed the Glais Primary School pupil had broken bones in both arms, which were put in plaster.

Steelworker Mr Thomas said: "My wife heard him calling when he was not far from the house.

"Nye was really upset, but luckily Bud was there to help him out.

Now seven-year-old Bud is the centre of attention in the Thomas household.

"Bud was absolutely fantastic," added Mr Thomas.

"All the family members who have come up here seem to have given more treats to the dog than they have to the children to say thank you.

"We are very grateful to Bud."

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