Quirky News

  • 19 October 2012, 10:41

Stranded puppy saved by paddle boarder

A paddle boarder saved a puppy which was stranded on a rock, hundreds of feet out to sea, as the tide rose around him.

Water sports instructor Charlie Head spotted the little shih tzu, called Bam-Bam, stuck on a rock near Herne Bay, Kent.

The 33-year-old even filmed the rescue, capturing on camera the moment he saved the shivering pup from the rocks.

In a running commentary, he says: "He's just sat out there like a little dude, wondering what to do.

"He definitely needs a rescue - in about 10 minutes he'll be completely covered in water."

Mr Head, who is making his way from Cornwall to London by paddle board to train for a 3,000-mile cross-Atlantic trip, said he was stunned to see the animal.

"I was gobsmacked. I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought there is no chance it could have got there on its own and the tide was coming in," he said.

"He was absolutely terrified. I managed to get him onto my paddle board and bring him ashore.

"He would definitely have drowned as there was no way to get back and the tide was coming in.

"We were calling him Pebbles until the dog warden found out his real name. He was shaking all over. If they can't trace the owner I am going to keep him. Poor Bam-Bam."