Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dog hailed a hero after surf danger warning

Cornwall's first beach rescue dog has been praised for helping to prevent a swimmer getting into difficulties.

Bilbo, a 14-stone Newfoundland, is now an integral part of the Penwith Lifeguards based at Sennen Cove.

His quick-thinking stopped a tourist from entering the water when the currents were too dangerous.

Bilbo patrols at Sennen Cove

"It was like he was saying to me 'it's too dangerous - don't go in'," said Lein Snippe, who is currently on holiday in the county.

"Bilbo, without any direction from me, just took straight off down the hill," said his handler, Steve Jamieson.

"He placed himself between her and the sea and just wouldn't allow her any access into the sea at all. When she did creep into the sea he swam in front of her."

With video of Bilbo in action.

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