A man who went to rescue his dog from the River Dart in Devon had to be rescued himself. Rescue teams were sent to Noss Marina near Kingswear at 9 pm last night after a member of the public heard cries for help. While they were on their way, another sailor had pulled the man from the water.
A couple had been returning to their converted trawler in a small boat when their dog jumped in and the man went into the water. The man was taken to hospital for treatment but the woman and dog are both safe and well.
– Brixham Coastguard Watch Officer Matthew Thornhill
Dogs are much better swimmers than humans. If your dog jumps in to the sea do not attempt to rescue it. This is because, like tonight, you are likely to get in to difficulty. If you do call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
The water temperature is very cold at the moment so this man was lucky that the calls for help were heard and he was quickly pulled from the water. The cold can put your body into shock. To give yourself the best possible chance of rescue, recreational sailors and motorboaters should wear lifejackets at all times whilst on deck.