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Gull-chas­ing spaniel swept half a mile out by strong tide

- By Liz Hull

WHEN Molly the springer r spaniel rushed into the sea a chas­ing a seag­ull, Terry Dodd watched with dread as the tide swept her out of sight.

Con­vinced she had drowned, Mr r Dodd broke down in tears.

But as he stood help­lessly on the e beach, his six-year- old dog was s half a mile out still bat­tling against t the waves.

After de­cid­ing against risk­ing a res­cue him­self 77-year- old Mr Dodd rang 999 – and within min­utes, a lifeboat had been launched off Rhyl beach in North Wales.

A video showed the boat pulling g up to a cold and tired Molly, who had been swim­ming for 25 min­utes. One crew mem­ber could be heard say­ing: ‘Hello buddy, come here, you’re not sup­posed to be this far out,’ be­fore re­turn­ing her safely to shore.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Dodd, of Ch­ester, said: ‘I was stood knee deep in the wa­ter just shout­ing and shout­ing, but her ears were down and she

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was ig­nor­ing me. I just thought she had drowned. I was cry­ing.’

Mr Dodd, a roof­ing con­trac­tor, said the ad­ven­tur­ous Molly had chased a flock of seag­ulls on their Mon­day morn­ing walk and went into the sea in pur­suit of an in­jured bird. ‘She loves retriev­ing birds and has done it be­fore. It’s what springers do,’ he said. ‘She’s not a daft dog, she’s very in­tel­li­gent, but life is def­i­nitely a roller coaster with her around.’

When Molly got back to shore, she was all wags and licks.

‘ She was re­ally milk­ing the at­ten­tion,’ Mr Dodd said. ‘She got out the boat and was kiss­ing and lick­ing my neck, she was ab­so­lutely un­fazed by it all.’ He said he would be mak­ing a do­na­tion to the RNLI for sav­ing her.

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 ??  ?? Or­deal: O Terry Dodd with Molly yes­ter­day. y Left: The spaniel be­ing b saved by a lifeboat­man
Or­deal: O Terry Dodd with Molly yes­ter­day. y Left: The spaniel be­ing b saved by a lifeboat­man

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