Dog Drowning At Hammonasset Rescued

After receiving a report of a dog drowning in a culvert near Beach Road and S Street in the campground, Madison Hose Co. No. 1 arrives on the scene to find the tide higher than normal, the current moving rapidly, and a dog stuck between some rocks.


Madison Hose Co. No. 1 received a call about a dog drowning Sunday around 12:42 p.m. at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Fire Chief Bobby Kyttle said upon arrival he saw a dog in the water drowning in a culvert under a bridge near Beach Road and S Street in the park campgrounds. The tide was above normal, the current was moving rapidly, and the dog's legs were stuck between the rocks.

Kyttle, the first on the scene, jumped into the water and was able to free the dog's legs from the rocks. Kyttle then guided him and carried him to the pavement. The rescue took about five minutes.

Kyttle said the dog was a shepard mix named Bear, about ten years old.

"We then put the dog on back of the rescue truck to warm him up and used towels to wipe him down," Kyttle said. "He was very friendly and happy we were helping him."

Karen Biller Stiles December 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I am Bear's owner and I will be eternally grateful to Bobby and the other very humble Madison Fire Dept. volunteers....Without them Bear would not have made it... Thank you Thank you Thank you for being so prompt and calm and kind....
Pem McNerney December 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I am so glad Bear is OK! I was glad they were able to answer my questions about the incident. I wanted to make sure people knew to be particularly careful in that area as they walked their dogs, around high tide. The volunteers at Madison Hose Co. No. 1 do a great job!
Wendy Price December 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thanks for being there for all the citizens of Madison and for their pets as well!!!!
Laura G. December 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
So nice to hear a story about the goodness of others.
Deb Abrams December 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
About six or seven years ago, my dog, Gage, a Yellow Lab, was also caught up in the current in a culvert inside the campgrounds. The surrounding area was flooded and the current was moving very rapidly. I stepped in to help him and was also caught up in the current and we were pulled through the pipe under the bridge to the opposite side of the road!! It's an extremely dangerous area and something needs to be done, whether it be attaching fencing at either ends of the pipe, or limiting access to that area. I've heard of other dogs being pulled through the pipe before this incident and carried under the bridge. I'm so happy they were able to rescue Bear!


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