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Dog drowns in rock armour in Watchet
A DOG has drowned in Watchet despite the best efforts of its owners and the town’s Coastguard to save him.
The four-year-old Jack Russell went missing and was thought to have become trapped in the rock armour on West Street Beach while out for a walk with its young owner.
Coastguards were called after the 11-year-old boy went home to tell his parents he was unable to find the pet.
With the help of Sea Scouts’ sailing instructor David Mainwaring, they found the drowned dog underneath the water trapped against the rock armour.
He was carried back to the Coastguard station, where the owners collected him and took him home to bury him later that evening.
Coastguard rescue officer Simon Bale said: “This was an unfortunate and tragic accident where during a routine walk along the beach at low water the pet dog ran off from the young owner.
“Fearing the animal was trapped inside the rock armour, the young lad did the right thing by informing his parents and requesting help.
“Even at low water rock armour can be dangerous and should not be climbed or walked over. Where rivers meet the sea, conditions can create dangerous currents, eddies and stoppers, which in this case caused the dog to drown – it could so easily have been a swimmer.”
Although no vehicle or rescue equipment was needed, the slipway was blocked by a car. Watchet Coastguards are appealing for people to avoid parking there.