Devon

Babbacombe missing dog found swimming in sea

John Bunce, a member of the Torbay Coastguard rescue team, Harry, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed dog, and his owner Amanda Wileman Image copyright PA
Image caption Relieved owner Amanda Wileman was reunited with her dog Harry by John Bunce of Torbay Coastguards

Coastguards have reunited a dog with its owner after it was spotted in the sea more than 12 hours after it went missing.

Amanda Wileman reported Staffordshire bull terrier cross-breed Harry missing from her home in Babbacombe, Devon, at 18:00 BST on Monday.

The dog was spotted in the sea close to the town's pier at 07:30 on Tuesday.

How Harry ended up in the water is a mystery, but he was spotted by a woman, who called Brixham Coastguards.

Swam to shore

But before he could be rescued, Harry managed to swim back to the shore where he was later reunited with Ms Wileman.

The Torbay Coastguards rescue team was alerted in case the woman went into the water to try to rescue the dog.

Andy Huber, watch manager at Brixham Coastguards, said: "People should not attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea.

"This is because you are likely to get into difficulty yourself. We find that many dogs return to shore alive, but sometimes people don't.

"In this case there is a happy ending, and we're pleased we've been able to reunite Harry with his relieved owner."

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