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Weekly Edition - Published  29 September 2016


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Firefighters rescue dog stranded on island in Bebington pond

A rescue dog adopted from Cyprus was brought to safety by firefighters after she became stranded on an island in a pond, in Bebington, Wirral. Lucy, a 2 year old mixed breed spaniel, ran in to difficulty while out on a walk with owner Helen Lambert in an area of parkland, on Stanton Road, in Bebington, on Sunday, 25 September 2016. After running to the water's edge for a drink Lucy, who was adopted from Jodie's Cyprus Dogs Rehoming Sanctuary, in January and flown to the UK via Paris, fell in and swam to an island of reeds in the middle of the pond for safety.

Despite Helen's pleas to return, Lucy could not be coaxed back across the water and, after 2 hours of Lucy being stranded, Helen eventually called Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to help.

1 Fire Engine arrived at the parkland, at 4.30pm. Firefighters wearing water suits then entered the pond and encouraged Lucy in to the water, where she was able to swim back to dry land.

She was reunited with owner Helen and escaped very tired, but thankfully uninjured, from her ordeal.

Helen, who lives in Eastham, said:- "Lucy is a big bundle of cuddles and fun and she likes getting up to mischief wherever she can. I took her for a walk and she went over to get a drink from the pond but then accidentally toppled in. She panicked and swam to the reed island in the centre but we couldn't entice her back. We tried everything and passers by even stopped to help. Eventually, she was so exhausted that we called the fire service. We are so grateful to the firefighters who came along to help. They coaxed her in to the water and encouraged her to swim across to me. Luckily she wasn't injured by her adventure and we are very grateful to have her home."

Watch Manager Des McDonald, who attended the rescue, said:- "Lucy had been stranded for 2 hours when we arrived and she was very scared. We went in to the pond wearing water suits and encouraged her in, and then she swam to safety on her own. Thankfully she was uninjured and was safely reunited with her owner. We would always advise dog owners to keep their dogs on leads near water and never let them stray on to frozen lakes or ponds. Never enter the water to try and save your dog as you could end up in danger yourself. Remember that wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and they are a slip risk for owners too. Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts so keep an eye on your dog and don't let it enter the water if it's older or tired. If your dog does enter the water and struggles it may have inhaled water and should see a vet immediately. Dogs can drown after the event if water has entered their lungs."

If your dog has struggled in the water and has managed to make it out it is worth getting them checked by a vet. Just as with humans, if water has entered the lungs drowning can occur at a later stage.

For more advice about walking your dog safely around water via this link.


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