Dog saved from rising tide by flying sausage

Image: DDSR/FB

Rescuers save a stranded dog using sausages dangled from a drone.

Millie the Jack Russell Terrier had was missing for three days when she was spotted trapped by rising tides in a dangerous area of coastal mudflats near Hampshire, UK. She had already evaded the efforts of police, the coastguard and search teams and the rescue teams realised with the tides rising, if Millie wasn't rescued soon she was likely to drown.

That's when Denmead Drone Search & Rescue (DDSR), a local non-profit that helps search for missing pets, decided to deploy two drones dangling sausages on bits of rope, which succeeded in coaxing her away from danger area and back to safety where she was eventually reunited with her overjoyed owner.

“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."

Denmead Drone Search & Rescue spokesperson

“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,” the organisation wrote on social media.

“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 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.”

Millie has now been to the vet for a check-up and according to her owner is “absolutely fine” after her adventure.