Walking a dog is a relaxing pastime—not to mention a good source of exercise for you and the pooch. That’s just what Guy Jenner and his family were doing back in September 2017, when the unexpected happened.
It was another routine dog walk for Guy that day, who runs Guy’s Dog Day Care, a business on Hayling Island, off the south coast of England.
He was with his 13-year-old son Tom, wife Nic, their rescue dog Dave, and four other dogs placed into the dog care service, the Portsmouth News reported.
While walking on Hayling Beach, the family noticed something. Two women and a girl were struggling in the sea. They quickly realized the group was on the verge of drowning.
Guy wasted no time. He ran down, followed by his son and dogs. Guy’s arrival couldn’t have been more urgent since the women were losing their strength fast.
It was only moments before that Nicola Godliman had run into the sea to help her 14-year-old daughter Poppy and 19-year-old niece Kiera. According to Portsmouth News, the two cousins found themselves pulled out by the current.
‘One minute we could touch the floor, then all of a sudden we couldn’t,” Poppy told Portsmouth News. “‘Kiera and I were trying our best to swim to shore but we were getting dragged backwards instead.”
Nicola’s effort to help them was for naught, as she too found herself drowning.
“In my attempts to save her I was being pulled underwater myself. We were both losing energy and I was becoming light-headed,” Nicola said.
The Jenner men and the Labrador Dave went straight in to help.
“Tom rescued Kiera,” Guy told Portsmouth News. “‘Tom then came back to help me so I was able to hand Nicola to him and Dave, who were fantastic and swam her all the way back to the beach.”
Guy then turned his attention to Poppy.
“I honestly had to use every single ounce of strength to save her, and if I’d have reached her even 20 seconds later, she would have died,” he said.
The women and girl were saved by the heroic actions of the two men and Dave.
And just as quickly as they came, the Jenner family left before Nicola had a chance to properly thank them. She didn’t let it go and was able to track them down.
“We owe our lives to Guy, Tom and Dave and as the saying goes – not all heroes wear capes,” Nicola told Portsmouth News. “I’ll never be able to thank them enough.”
“We’re going to stay friends, and go on dog walks together,” she added.