Singleton has ‘worst date ever’ as she falls in river saving man’s drowning dog

A singleton’s first date went horribly wrong when she had to save her date’s drowning pooch – while he “just stood there”.

Lizzy Johnson was swiping through Tinder when she stumbled across a man with a “cute” boxer dog.

The pair hit it off and decided to go for a walk together alongside the River Mole in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Sadly, the stroll didn’t end up being as romantic as hoped.

The excitable dog, who’d never seen water before, got very “excited” and jumped in the river.

Lizzy immediately went into rescue mode and slipped into the water to retrieve the canine as her match was “too busy flapping”.

The Tinder user just about managed to save her phone and car keys as she plunged into water that was 4.5ft deep.

Lizzy struggled to get out of the river for five minutes – as her date shouted out useless suggestions from the sidelines.

She recalled: "I had to pull the dog out because the owner was too busy flapping.

"I pushed the dog out and he was just like 'oh, I don't know what to do' and I was like 'don't worry – you just keep the dog out of the river.'

"He said 'here, hold onto the leaves and I'll pull you out' and I was like 'that was the most ridiculous idea I've ever heard – no, that's not going to work.'

"He was like 'here, hold my hand' but I said 'no because you're going to fall in' – it was so muddy and slippery and I was like 'let me just think about this.’”

Thankfully, the mum-of-two was left unscathed.

She said: "I was wearing mini heeled boots so luckily I had some grip and I managed to get my leg quite high up above the water and hook onto a twig and I dug my hands into the bank to find something to grip onto."

Lizzy was dripping wet while the pair made the “awkward” 10 minute journey back to their cars and parted ways.

Luckily, the match wasn't her “cup of tea”.

She admitted: "Thank God I didn't like him – I would have been horrified if I did.

"He looked like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo – he had the same haircut."

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The singleton, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, said: "It was probably the worst date ever – maybe because I wasn't feeling him as well, it wasn't a great date.

"It was my first socially-distanced kind of date and I'm just going to wait until things resume so I can be taken out for a nice glass of wine – dog walks are out of the picture for now.

"The funny thing is I'm on Tinder and Bumble having a look and if they've got a dog I'm like 'no Lizzy, don't do it, don't do it' – swipe left.

"I definitely saw the funny side to it – I'm proud that I saved the dog before thinking about my phone and keys, like him.

"All my friends were like 'it could only happen to you Lizzy' – I have no luck with dating and I just thought I'd share it."

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