Loyal dog cries on river bank moments after owner drowned saving his life

A loyal dog refused to leave after his owner accidentally drowned while saving his life near a riverbank.

Nova, the white pooch, had accompanied his owner Kling Srikaew on a fishing trip near a dam in Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima province when the dog reportedly slipped and fell into the water.

The 61-year-old jumped into the raging currents to pull his pet out of danger but unfortunately failed to climb up the slippery surface.

Footage taken by villagers on September 1 captures the heartbreaking scene as Kling's family members and Nova watch the divers search for Kling.

The poor canine guards the place and looks around him hoping to see his owner.

Members of Kling's family are seen burning incense and praying to deities for his safe return.

Banjong Leudlam, an off-duty policeman, said he saw the accident unfold.

He explained: "I was cutting grass along the paddy field when I saw the pair walking by the dam area to catch fish.

"I watched it all happen. It was very fast because the recent storms filled the dam.

"The old man saved the dog but he did not come up from the river so I called the rescue team for help.

"The dog was crying on the riverbank while he waited for his master to return.

"But he never did. I feel sorry for the dog."

Rescuers spent three hours searching for the pensioner and finally retrieved his body.

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The old man's body was retrieved and taken to the hospital for a post-mortem examination as officers wanted to ascertain the cause of death.

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November.

Soaring temperatures reaching 35C are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.

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