Pensioner clung for life while sinking in dung pile after rescuing his pet dog

Lying spread-eagled up to his neck in manure but still valiantly clinging on to his dog lead, this walker tries to stay calm and hold his head high while help arrives.

Brian Marshall, 75, came within minutes of drowning after trying to rescue one of his two Jack Russells from the dung pile.

He managed to save pooch Bella while pet Archie stayed at a safe distance but found himself trapped and sinking into the slurry.

Luckily his cries were heard by passing ex-police officer Matt Hollick.

He was pulled free by emergency teams outside the village of Ickwell, Beds, on Sunday after being stuck in the mud for more than an hour.

Brian said: “I’m grateful to be alive. I gave up trying to get out. I lost my phone in there. I’m a fool!”

Paul Barrows, of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Had Matt not found him, he’d have died and not been found until they were spreading the muck in a few months.”

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