Cowichan Search and Rescue worked to save a dog stuck in the middle of the Cowichan River, near the Silver Bridge in Duncan.
Search and Rescue were called out at about 8:30 a.m., and it took them about two hours to successfully bring the dog, described as big and black, answering to the name Hooch, safely back to shore.
Jamie Tudway-Cains, president and search manager for Cowichan Search and Rescue, said the dog likely went into the water further upstream, then managed to make it to a sandbank in the middle of the river, where it was stranded.
Search and Rescue’s swiftwater team was called in and they paddled out to the sandbank and snagged the pooch.
Tudway-Cains said it’s always great to be able to successfully complete a rescue, and in the case of a pet, the idea is for the team to make the rescue so that the owner does not try to enter the water themselves and potentially also need rescue.
The owner came to collect Hooch following the rescue.
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