SES Port Stephens Pluck Lucky Dogs From River

Savvy and Marley in the SES Rescue Boat with members of the SES Port Stephens Crew.

PORT Stephens SES has been flat out in recent weeks.

While ensuring people’s safety comes first, the SES has also been actively working to save the lives of all creatures great and small.

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Last week there were multiple livestock rescues, this week crews from NSW SES Port Stephens rescued two dogs that were being swept down the Hunter River.

Alysha Springett, Deputy Unit Commander and Media Officer of the Port Stephens SES Unit told News Of The Area, “While performing emergency flood boat operations, SES boat crews found two dogs struggling in the middle of the Hunter River near Hinton.

“The two 30kg-plus dogs were pulled out of the water and into the SES boat, where crews then transported them to dry land until the owner/s could be located,” she said.

“Absolutely exhausted from their ordeal the two dogs, Savvy and Marley, were greeted with open arms by SES members and the local Hinton community who dried them off with towels, gave them food, water, doggie coats and lots of cuddles,” said Ms Springett.

The owner was quickly located via a social media post.

“She was very concerned about her beautiful dogs after they went missing from her property,” said Ms Springett.

It appears Savvy and Marley had a misadventure while outside playing, after they jumped into the river and were swept away.

SES boat crews transported Savvy and Marley to safety to be then reunited with their owner.

“She was extremely thankful they were safe and gave her appreciation to everyone involved in looking after the pups,” said Ms Springett.


Savvy and Marley settling in on the SES rescue boat with one of the SES crew after being plucked from the flooded Hunter River near Hinton.

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