It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your two small dogs suddenly get swept into the sea in frigid and turbulent waters. What would you do?
Kevin Reynolds, 52, did what came naturally to any parent. He plunged in to save them. The tragedy is that he drowned doing so.
On Saturday, the waves were rough and high, about 10 feet (3 meters) at the Brighton, UK groyne near Palace Pier when Reynolds’ Jack Russell terriers were swept to sea by a strong wave.
Reynolds’ 13-year-old daughter – the youngest of his five children – waded in to save her father. She was pulled to safety shortly thereafter. Reynolds was seen floating unconscious by the pier and it is assumed he may have hit his head.
CPR was performed on Reynolds at the scene, but he died three hours later at the hospital where he had been air lifted.
Of the two dogs, only one survived. One washed up on shore the following day and the other was rescued by emergency personnel on Saturday.
Well wishes to his family in their time of sorrow. Both father and daughter were heroic in a frightening time of crisis.
No one knows with any certainty just how they would react in such a situation. It becomes a split-second decision.
How do you think you might react in similar circumstances?
Note: this is not a photo of Reynolds' dog