Devon

Owner tried to save dog from sea

A dog owner was rescued by a passer-by after jumping into the sea to save his pet.

The man leapt into the sea at Dawlish, Devon, at about 12:30 GMT to save his springer spaniel.

But he was soon struggling in the rough water and was pulled out by a passer-by who had thrown him a life ring.

The dog was recovered but was pronounced dead at the scene and the dog's owner was unhurt said Brixham coastguards.

Watch manager Matt Thornhill said: "The wind reading is force six to seven so the sea is very rough at this time of the year.

"It's also very cold and a really bad idea to try and rescue a dog from the water yourself.

"If you do attempt to rescue there is a chance that you'll be swept out to sea."

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