Highlands & Islands

Man in hospital after bid to rescue dog from sea off Lewis

A man is being treated in hospital after jumping into the sea in a failed bid to rescue his dog.

Scott MacCallum scrambled down rocks after his dog fell into the water at Swordale on Lewis on Thursday.

He was unable to save the animal and got into difficulty himself due to the effects of the cold.

Mr MacCallum was pulled from the water by his friend Mark MacDonald, before being airlifted to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

'So dangerous'

Mr MacDonald said: "I was just out walking with my mate and he had let his dog off in the croft.

"All of a sudden, the dog just went out. It jumped over the fences and then it was gone.

"He (Mr MacCallum) spotted the dog in the water and he scarpered all the way down the cliff. Then I saw him in the water.

"I went down the cliff edge and had to really watch what I was doing because it was so dangerous."

He added: "I went in where he did and I grabbed the dog by the scruff of the neck and managed to get a bit of the way up but he (Mr MacCallum) was really struggling.

"I had to get my hand to him and pull him up at the same time."

Mr MacDonald managed to pull his friend to high ground on the cliff before running to a nearby house to call the Coastguard. It is thought the dog died some time later.

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