Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Missing dog spotted in the sea

John Bunce, a member of the Torbay Coastguard rescue team with Harry, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed dog, who has been reunited with his owner Amanda Wileman after he went missing for more than 12 hours (PA/HM Coastguard)

Coastguards have reunited a dog with its owner more than 12 hours after it went missing and was spotted in the sea.

Amanda Wileman reported Staffordshire bull terrier cross-breed Harry missing from her home in Babbacombe, Devon, at 6pm yesterday.

The dog's whereabouts were unknown until he was spotted in the sea close to the town's pier at 7.30am today. And how Harry ended up in the water is a mystery.

Before he could be rescued, Harry managed to swim back to the shore where he was later reunited with his owner.

Brixham Coastguard was contacted this morning by a member of the public reporting the dog in the water.

The woman was concerned for the safety of this dog as she thought it would be swept further out to sea and would not be able to get back to shore.

The Torbay Coastguard rescue team was alerted in case the woman went into the water to try to rescue the dog.

But when they got there, Harry had managed to swim to safety.

Andy Huber, watch manager at Brixham Coastguard, said: "We'd just like to take this opportunity to remind people not to attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea.

"This is because you are likely to get into difficulty yourself. We find that many dogs return to shore alive but sometimes people don't.

"In this case there is a happy ending and we're pleased we've been able to reunite Harry with his relieved owners.

"Remember, if you see anyone in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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