Breagh Harrie, coxswain for the Inshore Rescue Boat Service with the Canadian Coast Guard, says she and her team are responsible for saving people who find themselves in all sorts of emergencies, from capsized vessels to fires.
But her best rescue ever came Monday when her job went to the dogs.
“This was honestly, in my five years, this was probably my favourite call,” Harrie said as she told CBC’s Maritime Noon about the rescue of a golden retriever. “Not because it involved a dog but because it was such a happy ending and we were able to reunite the dog with its owners.
“Being dog owners, it’s terrifying when your dog takes off. It’s a child to people that own them. And it’s a wonderful feeling when we can help people out that way.”
The rescue began after the dog took to the waters at Conrad’s Beach, at Lawrencetown on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.
After about 45 minutes, the animal was nowhere to be seen.
That’s when Harrie and her deckhands, Harlow Lachance and Bronwyn Forsythe, received a call from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and sprung into action from their position off nearby Cow Bay.
“We began a search pattern, and about five minutes into the search pattern one of my deckhands, Bronwyn, she spotted something in the water, so we approached and sure enough the dog was swimming in the water,” Harrie said.
“It seemed to be a little bit disoriented. It was about half a mile offshore at this point and we slowly approached the dog not to scare it, and we came alongside. My other deckhand, Harlow, he was able to reach over and grab the dog, he was wearing a harness.
“And so once he had the dog alongside the boat we put another rope underneath the dog’s hips and then all three of us lifted the dog into the boat.”
Harrie said the dog was scared of their…