A pet dog performed a Lassie-style rescue on a seriously-injured man in a boatyard.

A pet dog performed a Lassie-style rescue on a seriously-injured man in a boatyard.

Hamish, a five-year-old West Highland Terrier, led his owner into a deserted yard on the River Deben, Suffolk, where Paul Constantine, aged 61, had fallen while repairing a boat.

The clever pooch’s owner Max Hoff said: “We were passing the boatyard and I heard a slight noise. I thought it was the wind in the rigging but Hamish was very insistent. He stopped in his tracks and pulled me back.”

The dog is being compared to the fictional collie Lassie which saved countless people in the eponymous television series and films.

Constantine was rushed to hospital with head injuries, a dislocated elbow and fractured wrists.