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Puppy saved from drowning

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:47 PDT, Fri June 18, 2021

A German Shepherd puppy was saved earlier this month thanks to the help of bystanders, a policeman on foot patrol and a pair of boaters.

Visitors at McDonald Beach Park saw a dog struggling to stay afloat in the Fraser River around 1:30 p.m. June 2. The dog appeared to be in distress as it tried to swim against the river current. Witnesses alerted Cst. Niko Geneblaza, a front-line officer who was on foot patrol in the park at the time.

Geneblaza and other bystanders were able to flag down a nearby boat. Operator Mitch Misyk and his passenger Chantal McDonald rescued the dog and returned it to dry land. The dog was visibly shaken but happily reunited with its owner who had not realized the dog had entered the water.

Everyone was delighted with the outcome of this one, but this incident serves as a reminder,” says Cpl. Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP. "With boating and beach season now underway, we need to remember that it only takes a moment for accidents to happen in, on and near the water.”

Richmond RCMP encourages everyone to have a safe and happy time near the water this summer. 

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