Firefighter rescue dog was swept away by flood and found in gully

Emilie Brill, of San Bernardino, California, was walking her dog Seamus on Monday when he embarked on quite the adventure.

Somehow – sources don’t say if the dog was leashed or not – the 1-year-old Australian Shepherd found his way off the trail and into the nearby flood waters.

“He got away from me and just slid down these sewers,” Brill said KABC TV. “The water flowed so fast, I think it took just one paw in the water and he was gone.”

Seamus was swept away by the powerful current and out of sight while Brill watched helplessly. She called 911 and explained what had happened.

About a mile from where Seamus was released, an RV store clerk spotted the poor pup and tracked him to an access tube off the river. San Bernardino County Fire was contacted and they were able to rescue the dog.


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“Yesterday, San Bernardino crews were dispatched to a public service after a dog was lost in a manhole.” you posted to Facebook on Tuesday.

“Firefighters arrived in the area and attempted to locate the dog in the manhole. While scouting the area, the ME231 was pulled over by an employee at an RV park on East Redlands Blvd.

“The clerk had heard a dog barking in the nearby canal and seen the dog drift down the canal. He followed Seamus and observed that the dog had found a way out of the water into an access tube nearby.

“Firefighters were pulled over and found Seamus in the tube staring at them. He traveled nearly a mile from the time he entered the gully. He miraculously made it out of the fast-moving water and got stuck at the bottom of the tube.

“Firefighters quickly gained access to the dog and took him up the ladder to safety. After examining the dog, he appeared unharmed & in good spirits.”

But there was another piece of the puzzle that helped them locate the dog’s location and bring him back home: Seamus had been fitted with an Apple AirTag along with the regular ID tag.

“Seamus came equipped with both Apple AirTag and a traditional ID tag, which helped rescuers and owners track and reunite the pup,” the post continued.

Firefighters took the dog to the fire truck, where they dried him off and took some photos before reuniting him with Brill.


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“While we would have loved to make Seamus a firefighter puppy, we’re glad we were able to reunite the dog with his owners,” the Post concluded.

Brill was thrilled that Seamus had made it home and surprised at how far the fire department went to get their pup back.

“I was just blown away by this response from our emergency services,” she said. “And just very grateful.”


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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she has devoted herself to writing and is particularly fond of animal-related subjects.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t know exactly how. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with an MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, and wrote her thesis on metacognitive development and literacy transfer in freshmen.
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In addition to a book in the works on productive communication strategies, Amanda writes and illustrates a number of children’s books with her husband Edward.


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