Millie the jack russell-whippet cross found herself at the centre of the adrenaline-fuelled ordeal after slipping her owner's lead in the coastal t
Millie the jack russell-whippet cross found herself at the centre of the adrenaline-fuelled ordeal after slipping her owner’s lead in the coastal town of Havant, Hampshire. The dog’s disappearance prompted panicked public appeals which eventually helped rescuers to find her stranded on the mudflats, where she was in danger of being swept away by the rapidly rising tide. A plucky team of police, firefighters, and coastguards rushed to the mudflats to rescue her.
Unaware of the impending danger, Millie initially defied all rescue efforts and remained stuck in place.
That is, until one member of the rescue team came up with the idea to attach food to one of the drones that had been used to track her.
A post on the Denmead Drone Search and Rescue Facebook page read: “After employing the expertise of some locals, we were told if Millie wasn’t moved within a few hours she would have been cut off, and the area she was in underwater, with drowning highly likely.
“We had to think fast, one of our fully qualified drone pilots, suggested attaching food to the drone, to try and lure her out of the danger area. We attached a 2 oz sausage to the drone.”
The team was sceptical, but with time ticking away they knew they had to act fast.
Much to their surprise, the sausage plan worked and Millie was lured 300 meters out of the mud and back onto dry land.
The Facebook post continued: “We didn’t think it would work, but it did. We managed to lure Millie 300m over into a safety zone. Luckily she stayed in that area so we had prevented her from possibly drowning.”
But Millie’s adventure was not over yet.
Much to the rescue team’s horror, the mischievous pooch raced off again and had to be tracked down for the second time that day.
With whippets and jack russells able to reach blistering speeds of up to 35mph, the rescue team once again had their work cut out for them.
Eventually, the perseverance paid off and Millie was reunited with her owner, Emma Oakes.
Emma said of the ordeal: “Relief just poured over me. It was just absolutely fantastic to have her home.
“Millie really likes food and she’ll eat anything you give her… raw carrots, cucumber – but she much prefers sausages.
“Meat is her favourite food, so dangling a sausage was probably the best thing they could lure her with.
“Millie’s a rescue dog so she’s quite timid. She loves being at home more than anything and now she’s back all she’s doing is sleeping.
“She just sleeps and eats and looks at you as if to say: ‘I’m resting, leave me alone.’”