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Derwent dog’s lucky day

During a routine Wednesday night cruise on the River Derwent, Bellerive Yacht Club patrol boat captain Wayne Freeman made a rare decision to change his normal course – which led to the remarkable rescue of a stranded dog 500 metres off the Tranmere shoreline.

“I’ve been following the yachts back to the club every Wednesday evening for the past 10 years, but for some reason I felt the need to slow down and cruise closer to the shore that night,” Mr Freeman said.

“One of my crew members pointed out a white seal in the water, and when I saw it I thought, ‘seals don’t have pointy ears’.

“I pulled alongside the struggling pup not knowing whether he would be scared of the boat. I think he knew we were trying to help. He was big fella and it took all my strength to pull him on board.

“He was very fatigued and I thought we might lose him, but he started to recover as we made it back to the club.”

Mischa, a large two-year-old Maremma German Shepherd cross, had escaped from a Howrah residence earlier that evening while his owners were away.

Mischa’s owner, Wil Shepherd, said he wasn’t aware of his dog’s disappearance until receiving a call from a club member.

“I was quite surprised at the time because Mischa hates the water,” he said.

“We had been to the beach earlier that day so he must have been stressed and tried to find us.

“I’m so grateful to Wayne and the entire crew, I cannot thank them enough for what they have done.”

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