Lifeguard crew praised after saving drowning dog

Anna Perceval with her daughter and her dog, Berry
Anna Perceval with her daughter and her dog, Berry

A woman from Rustington has praised the work of the lifeboat crew at West Beach after they saved her dog from drowning.

Anna Perceval, 44, from Tennyson Avenue, was walking with her young dog, Berry, when the eight month old whippet jumped into the river from West Beach.

Berry was pulled into the river and required help from a number of pople by the river.

Various people on the Littlehampton side of the river shouted words of advice and one lady went to get the attention of the lifeguards for help.

A whole five minutes passed as Berry doggy paddled 15 feet away from shore, becoming more and more panicked and exhausted, before a man in a fishing boat came to rescue her.

Two members of the lifeboat crew arrived moments later in their boat and drove her to the ferry jetty where Berry and Ms Perceval were reunited.

Ms Perceval said: “Words cannot express my gratitude to these people.

“I want to thank the people who helped rescue my young dog Berry when she jumped into the river.

“Lots of people gave advice, a lifeguard helped and a man in a fishing boat came to rescue her.

“I know how dangerous it is to jump into the Arun near the river mouth but I was very tempted.

“Luckily, help came quickly and I certainly will keep her on the lead next time.

“It was an agonising five minutes watching Berry doggy paddle to stay afloat.

“I was so relieved when we were reunited.

“I will be making a donation to the excellent work of the lifeguards.

“Thank you again, especially to the lady who went to get help, the man who pulled her out of the water and the two lifeguards.”

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