An exhausted dog was spotted towards the middle of the Harties Dam, and members of the public quickly alerted the NSRI; the dog is recovering well!
Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa (20 September 2021) – Members of the public saw a dog struggling to swim in the middle of Hartbeespoort Dam and quickly alerted the NSRI team at the dam. The duty crew launched the NSRI rescue craft Sea Legs to rescue the dog.
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Arthur Crewe, the NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said that the dog rescue took place at 14h20 on Friday, 17 September. The NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated following multiple eye-witness reports of a dog in the middle of Hartbeespoort Dam and appearing to be in difficulty and attempting to swim in the direction from Mariners Village, Kosmos, towards Pecanwood.
Thankfully, an unidentified bystander on a jet-ski was found already on the scene attempting to assist. The dog was assisted to shore where Good Samaritans Jaco and Anne, from Kosmos, assisted to warm the dog in blankets and give it food and water.
The dog was taken to the Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) by Anne, who was assisting on the scene, and the dog is recovering. Attempts are being made to trace the owners. If you want to assist in finding the dog’s home, you can reach out to HAWS here.
NSRI commend everyone who assisted in this heartwarming incident!