Dog saved after being locked inside sinking car

A man made a dramatic rescue of a dog that was drowning on Friday, as the locked car that the dog was inside suddenly rolled into a river.

Dog saved after being locked inside sinking car

Things unexpectedly took a turn for the bizarre after a man found a wandering dog in the northern Swedish town Sollefteå and drove it over to the local police station.

The dog was left to wait inside the car while the man went inside the police station to speak with the officers.

During his absence the car somehow rolled down into the Ångermanland river.

Seeing this, the man rushed out and threw himself into the river. With a knife, he managed to smash the rear window, and the lucky dog was able to swim out and return safely back to land.

The man then tried unsuccessfully to keep a hold of the sinking car, which drifted away from the shore.

“He held onto the car, but it drifted and then it sank. But a guy was there who saw what happened and jumped in to help him,” said the man’s mother to the local newspaper Allehanda.

In rescuing the dog, he’d injured his hand while breaking the window, and yelled back to shore that he was exhausted and unable to swim anymore. Hearing this, a police officer threw himself into the water, in turn saving him.

The dog has now been returned to its owner and the man who rescued him has been restored to health after a quick sojourn at Sollefteå’s hospital for his injured hand.

As for the car, however, local police reported that it sank to the bottom of the river.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.