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Freddie the terrier finds his sea legs
A PET dog who went missing from a Northumberland beach was found alive – nearly a mile out to sea.
Fishermen plucked brave cairn terrier Freddie from the waves, just off the coast of Hauxley, Northumberland.
The dog wandered into the water after getting lost in fog while out for a walk with his owner. But instead of swimming to shore, he headed out into the North Sea.
Trawlermen Jimmy and Alan Thompson thought 14-year-old Freddie was an otter at first, but when they realised he was a dog they fished him out.
A lifeboat from Amble was launched to collect the soaked pet and last night his owner, Jean Brigstock, 73, told how she had frantically searched for him.
The pensioner, from Hauxley Way, Amble, Northumberland, said: “It was a beautiful day and I was taking him on his usual walk, but all of a sudden, a heavy sea fret set in quickly and I couldn’t see Freddie any more.
“I looked for him for hours and others helped. There was no sign of him, but I was convinced he would eventually turn up.
“There is a holiday village nearby and I thought he would be there. Eventually I went home, but my daughter Wendy went out on her bike and continued the search.
“I was desperate. He’s my companion and he’s so important to me. We walk twice a day down on the beach or along the Braid.
“I knew he hated water, so I thought he’d head for the dunes rather than the sea. It really didn’t enter my head that he would swim. He rarely goes through a puddle and has an aversion to baths.”
Freddie swam against the tide and was found three quarters of a mile out to sea by the two fishermen from Red Row, Northumberland.
Mrs Brigstock has owned the dog for three years after her friend in the Midlands went into a nursing home and was no longer able to look after him.
She said: “When I found out he had been found all that way out, I felt frightened. I worried about what state he would be in.
“I’m so grateful to the two fishermen, the Coastguard and the inshore lifeboat men who took so much trouble to find him and take him to safety.”
Freddie was no worse for wear after his ordeal.
Mrs Brigstock said: “Freddie is back to his normal self. The night he was rescued, he was a little bit under the weather. But the next morning he was ready for his breakfast.”