|Chiswick Lifeboat Fishes Dog Out Of River|
Flossy fell from two-path and was unable to make her way to shore
On Saturday 3rd October the afternoon watch of Chiswick RNLI heard a woman running in panic along the tow path and shouted up to the Lifeboat Station "please help me"
After notifying London Coastguard the crew launched the E class RNLI lifeboat and Helmsman Mark Turrell steered it upstream.
The crew soon located the dog but when she saw the lifeboat approaching she turned and tried in vain to swim away against the strong ebb tide.
According to the crew's report, Flossy was at the end of her strength as Mark Turrell manoeuvred the lifeboat behind her. Volunteer crew member Chris Rose was able to grab hold of her collar and pull her to safety aboard the lifeboat. After returning to the moorings the crew re-united the dog with her very grateful owner.
In a follow up phone call on Sunday, Flossy’s owners confirmed that she was well and "had fully recovered from her ordeal". They were very grateful and commended the crew on their rapid response.
The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and Government and is entirely supported by voluntary contributions.
October 5, 2009