Life or Death Situation


A Shocking Start To The Day


Saturday 17th September


This morning somebody hollered

” good morning, Steady On Jean”,

apparently mum booted The Geoff out of bed to see who it was and he popped his head up through the companion way. The language barrier made the ” shouters ” intentions unclear, he was calling about a stray dog on the pontoon or something, Geoff came back down shrugging his shoulders after informing the ” shouter ” that it wasn’t our dogs, both ours were here.

He got up then to make tea, it was early, maybe seven and while the kettle boiled he took the dogs out for a morning wee, the skipper off another boat approached Geoff to enquirer wether he had a black dog too, as there was a dog stuck, needing help, UNDER the pontoon!

Geoff rushed back to the boat and shouted for Mum to get up, he knew that if there was a dog in the water, he wouldn’t be much help, mama is a good swimmer……….

By the time mum got a bikini on and made her way down the pontoon, Geoff was already in the water comforting the dog, mum had brought snorkels and masks and jumped in too to check the situation herself. There were already Turkish firemen at the scene and the marinares from Ece too, but the firemen were scared of dogs and Geoff had the best view of the predicament from the water.

The pontoon has wooden slats running across the top of it as a deck, the supports beneath it are concrete and run the whole width of the pontoon, the dog was trapped between the two concrete supports, but to make matters worse it had tried to swim towards freedom, a small opening at one side of the pontoon, this gap was no more than nine inches high and was covered in layers of barnacles making it sharp and treacherous, the dog now also had its front paws and head jammed in this gap too!

From the top of the pontoon some planks had been lifted which exposed the narrowness of the space in which its body was stuck and if mum lay on her belly on the pontoon she could just get her arm down between the gap and feel the dogs back end. The situation seemed impossible for some time, mum and Geoff tried to push/ pull it out head first, but the gap was too small for it to emerge, it had to go backwards. Mum needed convincing that if she pulled the dog backwards and its head came out off the gap where it could breath, it would still be able to breath where it ended up, Geoff seemed sure it would!

The dog whined as mum grabbed handfuls of its fur and skin in order to secure a firm enough grasp of the poor animal, and with Geoff wearing the firemans gauntlets, because even though it was jammed and close to drowning it was still able to snap at geoffs fingers as he physically manhandled it out of the tiny space. Mum had both of her arms rammed down between a four inch gap and was holding tight to the dogs rump as Geoff was pushing the poor animals head and throat backwards.

Mum pulled and pulled, physically she says with all her strength, and slowly the animal moved an inch backwards. More pulling and it began to move quicker! It was free momentarily, and still able to keep its head clear beneath the pontoon, of its own might then, it turned and swam towards the other entrance, exit on the other side of the pontoon. Mum jumped in that side to stop it trying to climb out of the same gap in which it was stuck on the other side, this side was better and after putting on the gauntlets mum was about to reach up and under to extract the dog from under the water, but the frightened animal turned again, headed back the way it had come and swam again for the gap.

With its head wedged once more, the procedure began again, by now another guy was in the water, it had been established that the only way to get it out would be for someone to dive down and drag it under once it had been pulled loose! Not a very promising chance, but the only way!

Mum pulled, Geoff pushed, ” it’s loose!” They both shouted together, Kelvin dived reached his hand into the dogs fur and dragging the protesting animal deep into the murky Marina water emerged to cheers holding a petrified and shivering animal!

Mum hoiked the little dog onto her knees and wrapped it in waiting towels. NOW the firemen wanted to hold the animal, so they could take selfies!!! Definitely a team effort! Well done to the Marinares for dragging mum time and again back onto the high pontoon as she swapped sides, well done to the firemen for having tough gauntlets, well done to Kelvin off of the boat “Merlot”
for being brave enough to dive beneath the treacherous pontoon and for refusing to give up and to mum and Geoff for figuring out what to do!

Both of them said afterwards that they were fearing the worst for ( what turned out to be ) him. It got to the point where I had the vets number on speed dial in case they broke his legs as they attempted to release him from a virtually impossible position. They would rather have broken the dogs legs trying to release him than watch him die under there they said.

Anyway, much high fiving later and with ” Stranger ” ( now named and part of pontoon H’s” family ) dried and rested, he slowly ate some food and drank water and went for a walk with Yusef to see if anyone in the vicinity would recognise him, he’s currently on Maggie Blue with Yusef, Yusefs quite the hero of the day?! I think he might keep him.

Quite an exciting morning, I thought I would post this story first, then re cap my birthday weeks adventures! Hope you don’t mind!

Author: adventurerintrainingblog

I am a 14 year old boy and live and am home schooled by my parents aboard our 45 foot sailing yacht which we sail from Turkey. I have travelled through/ across Europe by road, several times now, and have also driven into the heart of Turkey, visiting Konya, Cappadocia and many other places. You can read about both of these experiences on the blog... However, at the moment you can read about our life aboard our yacht in Turkey during the winter... I hope you can come along for the ride, then sail along with me as I blog my sailing adventures for next year!

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