At 12h30, Sunday, 04th May, while NSRI Jeffreys Bay deputy station commander, Robin Brown, was on-duty for Relay Ambulance Services (Robin is a paramedic for Relay Ambulances Services), during the stand-by for the RVCA Junior Challenge surfing champs, and with Robin also having his Sea Rescue equipment with him, they were called to assist at a rock pool at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay, where a dog was reported to be in difficulty in the rock pool.
While Robin, carrying his sea rescue equipment with him, and fellow paramedics responded to investigate NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were placed on alert.
On arrival on-scene NSRI’s Robin, and fellow Relay Ambulance Services paramedics. found a 14 year old Labrador dog, Candy, lying in the rock pool, with her head barely above water, exhausted and hypothermic and appearing to be too exhausted to move.
The dog was loaded into a Stokes basket stretcher and brought out of the water onto the beach where medical treatment was initiated by the paramedics.
Other dogs, that the dog had earlier been playing with, gathered round whilst the paramedics were rendering medical treatment to the dog.
Still secured into the Stokes basket stretcher the dog was brought to the surfing championships medical facility where treatment continued which included encouraging the dog, placing an emergency blanket around her to warm her up and rehydrating her with water.
Candy made a full recovery and later went back to playing with the other dogs on the beach.
It appears that the dog’s owners are overseas and the dog is in the care of dog carers. The dog had apparently been playing with the other dogs on the beach when she got into a predicament in the rock pool.
The dog carers were called to the beach and they have collected Candy and they have taken her home.
The picture is available for media upload on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.