An Australian contractor got saved from drowning Wednesday after a dog and a teenage girl promptly called authorities to tell them that the man got stuck in a septic tank he was repairing.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, accidentally got stuck inside the septic tank, unable to wriggle himself free from the chamber. He had started to panic and called out for help because the water inside the tank slowly rose to his face, according to 7 News.

Upon hearing the man’s cries, the dog alerted its 13-year-old companion of the struggling contractor. She then called the authorities, who were able to carefully take the man out of the precarious situation after about 40 minutes.

Paramedics and firefighters were on the scene to ensure the safety of the contractor.

“Had the dog not heard the man’s cries, it may not have been such a good ending,” NSW Ambulance acting inspector Charnan Kurth said.

In a similar story, another dog was able to save a Canadian woman in Edmonton after she fell down a 50-foot embankment in a river. The woman’s pet was able to call for help by frantically running and barking until multiple people saw her and called for the authorities, as per Global News.

“He’s my boy, my baby!” Maia Stock, 24, said of the dog. “I was so impressed. I always wondered what he would do if something like that happened. Now I know he’d help me out. I’m in awe of him. I’m just amazed at how he did that.”

Stock had suffered a concussion from the incident. She also twisted one of her ankles when she fell. However, she was thankful that she did not obtain more severe injuries.

“I woke up really woozy and dizzy and off, and my head really hurt. I’m sore all over — my back and especially my sides,” Stock said. “It could have been a lot worse… I don’t know how I didn’t break any bones.”

An Australian man who got stuck in a septic tank was saved by a dog and their 13-year-old teenage handler when they started barking up a storm to tell their handler about the stuck nature of the man. This is a representational image. Brandon Day/Unsplash.

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