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Dog “Caught” By Fishermen At Sea

This is an amazing story out of the UK. Two fishermen were a mile out at sea when they "caught" Freddie, a 14-year-old Cairn Terrier....

Horst Hoefinger  |  Oct 27th 2008


This is an amazing story out of the UK. Two fishermen were a mile out at sea when they “caught” Freddie, a 14-year-old Cairn Terrier.

When first spotted the fishermen thought that it was an otter but soon realized they were seeing a dog.

Freddie had become disorientated in the fog while on a walk with owner Jean Brigstock and had slipped into the water as the 73-year-old searched frantically for him.

And instead of swimming back to shore at Amble, Northumberland, he had mistakenly struck out for the deeps of the North Sea.

Mrs Brigstock 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 anymore.

‘I looked for him for hours, and others helped. There was no sign of him, but I was convinced he would eventually turn up.’

She added: ‘I was desperate. He’s my companion and he’s so important to me.

‘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.’

But Freddie was found three quarters of a mile out to sea after a long doggy paddle and was rescued by trawlermen Jimmy and Alan Thompson from Red Row, Northumberland.

I don’t know if dogs have nine lives, but if they do I think Freddie just used up one.