Dog rescued from mud at Langstone Harbour

RESCUED Buddy with Roly Warmington and Alex Benfield
RESCUED Buddy with Roly Warmington and Alex Benfield
Picture: Carey Tompsett/PA Wire

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A Rottweiler dog has been rescued from mud at Langstone Harbour.

Hayling Island and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams were alerted to the stuck pet this afternoon.

The eight-year-old dog called Buddy was found up to his chest in mud after being out on an afternoon stroll with his owner.

A concerned passersby dialed 999 and spoke to Solent Coastguard after observing the dog’s situation.

Coastguard Rescue Teams were alerted and also requested a dog handler from Hampshire Police to attend.

Steve Duff, Portsmouth Sector Manager for HM Coastguard said: ‘The owner was obviously very upset to see her dog’s predicament and we were concerned because the tide was starting to flood the creek.

‘The teams had to work very quickly to get the dog out and put him in a stretcher.

‘We managed to get Buddy extracted in the nick of time, just as the water was starting to lap at our boots.

The stretcher, with Buddy and one of the team on board, was then winched to shore.’

Buddy was washed down, wrapped in blankets and reunited with his relieved owner who was able to take him home unharmed.

Mr Duff added: ‘If you’re out walking with your dog near cliffs or areas that you suspect might be dangerous, it’s advisable to keep your dog on a lead.

‘However, if your pet takes an unexpected deviation and gets into difficulty at the coast, please do not attempt to rescue it yourself but call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.

‘We have specialised equipment to ensure that your dog can be rescued safely without endangering you.’