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  Seal saves drowning dog
Updated 20 June 2002, 14.18
A seal watches for any more dog disasters
A drowning dog had a lucky escape when his life was saved by a friendly seal.

The 10-year-old German Shepherd jumped into the River Tees in Middlesborough.

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But he was swept away by fast currents as he tried to swim to the other side.

Help appears

Suddenly a seal appeared from the depths and gently pushed the dog onto mudflats on the bank.

Two more seals watched from the river.

Fact File
Seals
Seals aren't known for being friendly to dogs
They are naturally curious and he could have just been playing

Chris Hinds, who saw the whole thing, said: "It was like a guardian angel."

The RSPCA's looking after the dog because no one knows who he belongs to.

They've called him Seamo after England goalie David Seaman, "because it was a great save".

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