Heroic man saves stricken dog rescued from flooded quarry 26 hours after going missing


Heroic retired policeman Juan Kinley jumped into the freezing cold water to rescue the two-year-old pooch who had survived a 30ft fall at a quarry on the Isle of Man

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Isle of Man: Retired police officer rescues missing dachshund from flooded quarry

A heroic retired policeman jumped into the freezing waters of a flooded quarry to rescue a dog.

Bebe, a dachshund, was found on a ledge just a few feet above the deep water having survived a 30ft fall.

The two-year-old had gone missing, along with six-month-old Lulu, and sparked a major pet hunt when the duo became separated from their owner, Melanie Kermeen.

Lulu managed to find her way home, but Melanie only found Bebe when she heard her frightened yelps from the bottom of the pit.

But as she waited for help to arrive, retired cop and open swimmer Juan Kinley jumped into the icy waters to rescue Bebe.

Bebe (circled) had fallen 30ft onto a ledge above the icy waters
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Melanie Kermeen has been reunited with her beloved dogs
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The dramatic rescue was captured on video and showed the moment when the 57-year-old former Isle of Man DCI swam over to the pooch and help her back to safety.

Melanie, 51, said she was lucky that someone like Juan was nearby to help rescue her terrified dog.

She said: “There have been tragic stories where dogs get lost, so it was just a harrowing 26 hours.

“But the way it ended was quite spectacular, and her fall down off the ledge was quite miraculous.

“We’re just really, really lucky that we had someone like Juan with us, with his capabilities, because she was looking like she was going to jump in the more distressed she was getting.”

Juan Kinley leads Bebe to safety
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The dramatic rescue was caught on camera
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Bebe and Lulu have previously been known to run off to chase rabbits in the fields surrounding her smallholding, but when they did not return for several hours, Melanie began to panic.

Following frantic social media appeals and a local search that went on late into the night, exhausted Lulu arrived back at her door in the early hours of the next morning.

But it wasn’t until the search party ventured close to a local quarry some hours later that they heard Bebe’s tiny bark and knew that she was also still alive.

Melanie said: “I was shouting to her, and I actually heard her yelp, so I knew she was alive, which by then was 26 hours from her being away.

“She must have fallen 30 foot down onto this ledge, just four or five foot above the water.

“This water is very deep – 3.5 metres deep. She was amazingly lucky to have fallen down there.”

Melanie called the emergency services for help and was waiting for a fire safety officer to arrive.

But with Bebe becoming ever more distressed, five-time Iron Man veteran Juan decided to embark on the daring rescue mission himself by swimming over to save her.

Bebe and Lulu having a well-earned rest after their ‘adventure’
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Melanie with Lule and Bebe
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Melanie said: “He just jumped off and launched in, but he’s quite used to open water swimming.

“He’s the chair of the triathlon club over here and organises lots of those type of things, and he’s done five ‘Iron Mans’, so he’s fairly tough.

“He swam about 30 metres to Bebe and checked if she was all right. She was delighted to see him.

“She didn’t seem to be hurt, so he picked her up and made the swim back, which was pretty tough as by that time it was pretty cold.

“She was trying to help with her little doggy paddle, which was just scratching his face and eyes and chest.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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