By Laura Kemp • 21 January 2022 • 18:09
Jack Russell-whippet cross Millie was saved by Denmead Drone Search and Rescue when they attached a tasty piece of sausage to a drone to lead her to safety.
Millie went missing on a walk in Havant, Hampshire, when she escaped off her lead on January 13.
Following several days of searching for her, she was located on mudflats. However, the tide was quickly coming in and there was no way for rescuers to access the area.
Little Millie stranded on the mudflats. Image – Facebook
Rescuers from Denmead Drone Search And Rescue had to swiftly come up with a way to lure the pooch out of the dangerous area before it was too late.
A post on the organisation’s Facebook group read: “We were notified by the owner, but we had already seen lots of social media post about Millie running around in the road.”
“We had a few Volunteers head out to see if we could see her, but she had disappeared. We were then notified that Millie was running around on the A27 with motorists, stopping to try and catch her.”
“We then had a possible sighting of Millie in the Langstone area. We went down to take a look, and quickly spotted her on the mudflats, heading towards Emsworth.”
“We followed Millie from the shoreline about 100 meters away. Until we lost sight of her on the Marshland/Reed beds.”
“We contacted the Solent Coastguard, who deployed the Mud Rescue teams. Not being able to see her they stood down for the night as did we.”
“The next day in the afternoon we received a call from Hampshire Constabulary, saying she had been spotted on the Marshland, we headed down to the area, Coastguard, Hampshire Iow Fire and Rescue, and Hampshire Constabulary were on scene when we arrived.”
“We offered the use of our drones to try and spot her. The Coastguard had a plan, and after setting up, headed out into the mud, Millie ran off, and we deployed our drone on the command of the coastguard team. Sadly after a few hours of trying to locate her we left the area.”
“The next day, we sent up the drone to try and locate her, this time we succeeded, and had her looking very calm, on the Marshland. We then discussed the use of a cage, but this was quickly dismissed due to 1 getting a cage 800m across sinking mud, and 2 the risk that could be opposed on Millie if we couldn’t reach her before the tide came in.”
“So back to the drawing board we went. We sent out the kayaks to see if we could get close enough but we couldn’t, Millie by this time had moved further over to the South East Corner of the Marshland, and had gone between two creek’s at low tide.”
“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.”
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