A Safety Bay resident will be forever thankful to a man who rescued her seven-month-old puppy from drowning at McLarty dog beach last Friday.
Susan Kingdon said she wanted to thank the man, known as Les, for swimming more than 1km to assist her and Jack, an American Staffordshire terrier cross, back to safety.
Mrs Kingdon said she had taken Jack for his usual beach swim about 7am when he rushed into the water before she could grab him.
“I try to get in the water as soon as I can to keep between Jack and the deep sea but he got a jump start on me this morning,” she said.
Mrs Kingdon said before she knew it Jack was far out to sea and was not responding to her calls.
She made the decision to go in after him despite not being a strong swimmer.
“I was swimming and swimming but I was making any ground on him – there was a strong current and the waves were getting rough,” she said.
“I almost thought I had to leave him because I was struggling and he kept getting away.”
Mrs Kingdon said Les came to the rescue, taking Jack by the collar.“I am so thankful I didn’t have to make the decision to let go of Jack, because that would have been extremely emotional and stressful,” she said.
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