Fletcher lost his balance crossing the gates at Limekiln Lock and plunged into the murky waters of the lock. A half filled lock, debris and ice floating in it. I chased across the lock gates disgarding camera and windlass en route and climbed down the ladder into the icy water, one arm hooked around a rung and the other trying to entice my my frightened dog who was swimming in circles around the lock desperately looking for a way out. Jill captured Floyd who was having a quick panic on the lock side. I managed to get Fletcher to swim to me and hooked him between the ladder and my body. By now Graham had arrived and hastily moored Nb.Matilda Rose. Fletcher had another panic, escaped my grip and did another circuit of the lock before I could get him back again. Graham and Jill opened the paddles to let in more water and then Graham was able to reach down and snatch Fletcher's collar, hauling him up with me pushing from below.
Panic over. Hot shower, cup of tea and a brisk rub down with a towel for Fletcher saw us on the move again.
Thanks all round to the rescue team from Fletcher and ME!!!