Dog and owner saved from Fife harbour

by Vivien Richardson on April 3, 2013

They say a dog is a man’s best friend and this was proven to be true over the Easter weekend when a man and his pet dog were saved from the murky waters of Fife.

The man and his 9.5 stone Rottweiler were enjoying a stroll by the seaside in Burntisland, Fife, when they both experienced a big chill because the dog became trapped at the east dock. Due to the fact that the UK is welcoming a very late spring this year, the waters surrounding the country have not yet surpassed 11 degrees Celsius, meaning that the ordeal must have been less than pleasant for both man and dog.

In a bid to save his pet, the man braved the icy waters to retrieve the Rottweiler. Despite his efforts, the man could not get close enough to bring the dog back to dry land. Not only this, but the man was stranded six meters beneath the quayside and necessitated help from the Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Crew. After hearing about the incident, the lifeboat crew set off on their journey to salvage the man and the dog, whose body temperatures would have plummeted had they been left on their own.

Thankfully, the duo was returned to dry land unharmed. Speaking about the rescue operation, Neil Chalmers, a lifeboat helmsman from the Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Crew, said:

“Entering the waters of the Forth at this time of year without the proper clothing and equipment could lead to tragic consequences.”

He did, however, go on to praise the man’s courageous actions; saying he did the right thing.

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