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A Herne Bay resident has praised the fast actions of firefighters after his dog became stuck in the mud near the harbour.
Joseph Marsh was walking ‘Rufus’, a two-year-old Red Setter, near Neptune Arms when the dog became stranded in the mud at just after 6:30pm last night (Monday). Ruffus attempted to re-join his owner but became so bogged down that he could no longer move.
Mr Marsh, knowing that he could not reach the beloved family pet, called the emergency services and crews from Herne Bay and Whitstable were sent to the scene.
On arrival firefighters set up inflatable mud paths to rescue Rufus, who needed to be pulled from his predicament quickly with the tide beginning to turn.
Once safely on dry land, Rufus, and firefighters, were washed down and the dog was reunited with its grateful owner.
Mr Marsh said: “Rufus was running around enjoying himself as usual, chasing seagulls at low tide, when he disappeared from view. I tried calling him but there was no response and I realised something was wrong. I found him at the end of Neptune's Arm, but he’d become stuck and was obviously in distress. Although I wanted to rush in and help, I knew this could end in disaster so I called for the fire service."
He added: “The crews who arrived did an amazing job and were quickly able to bring Rufus back to safety. He was absolutely covered in mud but he’s fine now and doesn’t seem any worse for his adventures.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Station Manager, David Brown, who was at the scene said: “We’re really glad that Mr Marsh called us when he did as Rufus was really bogged down. Without the mud paths there would have been no way to reach him before the tide came back in. This is a good example of a member of the public doing the right thing in an extremely difficult situation. All of the firefighters involved in this rescue did a great job and there was relief all round when Ruffus was finally back with his owner."
Note to editors: Pictures of the incident can be found at www.kentfirephotos.co.uk image numbers 5357 & 5356