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Stranded dog rescued from island in Portsmouth Harbour

Video Credit: Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service

A dog has been rescued after becoming stranded on an island in the middle of Portsmouth Harbour.

The small brindle terrier called Max was rescued by the Coastguard and lifeboat crews on Saturday morning in a two-hour rescue mission.

Credit: Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service

The small dog was out for a walk with its owner near Portchester Castle when he escaped onto the harbour mud and swam to Pewitt Island.

Max was cold and distressed as he had tried to swim back to shore.

But he was very happy to be reunited with his owner.

Credit: Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service

Portsmouth Harbour dries at low tide and that means all the water drains away and we're left with some rather hazardous mud conditions that can be deeper than a person.

"If they try and wade out they can sink and get stuck but the dog being very small is able to wade across the top of the mud.

"Hewitt Island is connected to dry land via this mud at low tide but when the tide comes in it's completely flooded and surrounded by water.

"It's always nice to have a happy ending where the dog was rescued.

"My advice would be call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. There's no shame at all saying your dog is stuck on an island, they're more than happy to respond."

– Peter Byford, Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, Lifeboat Coxswain