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UK Man Drowns Trying to Save Dogs

UK Man Drowns Trying to Save Dogs

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?

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Note: this is not a photo of Reynolds' dog
Flickr:Jens-Petter Salvesen

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1:31PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

So sad.

3:32PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

LEANING YES; YES IF ALL FORMULATES A RISK WORTH TAKING; NO IF DEATH FOR BOTH IS IMMINENT. THOUGH TOUGH QUESTION, IT IS A TRUTHFUL ANSWER, BECAUSE I POSED IT TO MYSELF PRIOR TO THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH THE MASSES. THIS ENDING IS WITH SADNESS AND SENSITIVITY FOR BOTH MAN AND BEAST.

12:21AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

What a kind man. My condolences to his family.

10:25PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

I definitely would have tried to save my dog as being part of my family. But I feel sorry for Kevin Reynolds and his family being at the wrong place at the wrong time and it all went wrong.

5:40AM PST on Jan 18, 2011

he was brave and sweet :) well done to him sadly he died, but he died doing something good x

2:21PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

@DianeL: Dogs are not necessarily better swimmers than people and they drown very quickly. Certainly they don't instinctively know how to handle surf. Some breeds, such as the various retrievers, Portuguese water dog, and Newfoundland, might do ok in ocean surf, but in general it's not a good idea to allow the average dog (especially a smaller one) to enter breaking waves. If you want your dog to experience the ocean, at least keep a leash on him, keep hold of it, and don't let him go in too far. I totally understand this man's actions, and my heart goes out to his family.

2:41AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Tragic. What a very brave man. I am sure it took a lot of courage jumping into the rough sea, risking his life trying to save the souls that he loved, but obviously he did not hesitate in making this decision. A true HERO. My thoughts go out to his family. Know that death is not the end and you will see him again one day.

12:50AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Shelly, thank you for sharing your story. Under those circumstances, I probably would have done the same thing, but the situation in this discussion was far different, I think. It was open sea, "raging waves" and this guy had little or NO chance of surviving himself, so what on earth was he thinking? What good did it do to basically commmit suicide? I understand he acted only out of emotion, and didn't think.........so sad!

5:04PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

@ DianneL-I'm not "just saying that", I would...& HAVE made a bad decision to save a pet, it worked & the only possible regret I would have ever had would be to have lost him anyway. I dont have or want kids so I dont have to worry much about "them losing a mom"...as if that NEVER happens anyway & all my animals are already cared for if anything ever happened to me. When my 5yo pitbull was a puppy (about 9wks or so, right after I brought him home) I had taken him for a walk along a nearby river, sat to rest on a rock that was like...1 side the ground, the other in the water, he tried to jump up w/me but overshot & went strait into the water, pits are not water dogs, they can swim but not like a "water dog" & he had never been in the water before & sank strait to the bottom, it was a warm but nonetheless still, a Jan day in NH, he fell into a spot (thankfully) where there was no ice but as most know, a strong current can rip you under the ice & there was still plenty on the water, I thought long enough to rip off my jacket 1st then jump in, I got him back, wrapped my jacket around him & ran w/him in my arms to the car, we hadn't gone terribly far in the 1st place so we were in the car w/the heat blasting about 2min after this happened. Both of us were/are fine & I would do it again...hopefully I never have to cuz I'm not a "polar bear plunge" kinda girl haha

9:03AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

So sad... A little reckless, but very compassionate and brave.
RIP Kevin Reynols :(

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