'Warning signs needed at Otter'
PUBLISHED: 15:21 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26: THE River Otter almost claimed the lives of an Exmouth woman and her beloved yellow Labrador Daisy, when heavy rain resulted in the pair being caught in currents and swept downstream. Celia Harris, of Dening Court, was swept down the fast-flowing river a
THE River Otter almost claimed the lives of an Exmouth woman and her beloved yellow Labrador Daisy, when heavy rain resulted in the pair being caught in currents and swept downstream.Celia Harris, of Dening Court, was swept down the fast-flowing river after she waded into the water to save her four-year-old pet - caught in the current while swimming with her ball.Sheltered housing manager Mrs Harris says she and Daisy owe their lives to a passing woman who plunged into the water and rescued them. Now the dog owner is calling for warning signs to be placed along the river, alerting people about the danger of sudden currents.She said dogs, their owners, or children could drown if caught in a strong current when the river was swollen."I would like to see notices that say when the river gets high there could be currents and it could be dangerous," said Mrs Harris.The drama unfolded when keen swimmer Daisy was unable to reach the bank because of the swollen river's strong current.After watching her pet's failed attempts to swim for dry land, Mrs Harris, who was with her friend and two other dogs, joined Daisy in the water where she hoped to pull her out.Thwarted by the strong current and fast-flowing water - built up after days of heavy rain - Mrs Harris was dragged downstream past her pet.She and Daisy were saved by a passing woman who leapt into the water and swam to their rescue.Mrs Harris said she wanted to thank the Good Samaritan, who she believes was called Ingrid or Jane."I was so pleased somebody had bothered to come and help. "I thought I might not be able to get her out and she would drown," she said. "I was worried she might tire and would go under the water."I decided to go in after her. I went in cautiously. "The water was very cold and took my breath away. "Then the current took me past Daisy. "I was more frightened for Daisy than myself. "As I was floating past her I could see the headlines 'Dog drowns in Otter'.