A heartbroken dog owner lost her pet after the animal got caught in a rip while they were at a beach in Esperance, Western Australia. The incident happened during the weekend.
Georgia Crook was with her two dogs and her partner when the dog, named Mushu, was pulled into the gap in the reef.
Even though they were only a couple of meters away, they were unable to help the dog as it was dragged under the current.
Ms. Crook is now calling on the government to install warning signs at the beach to prevent similar accidents from happening. She said that she knew immediately that Mushu was gone.
She said that it was heartbreaking to see how helpless the dog was. She was also surprised to learn that other people had died at the same beach.
According to Beachsafe.com, 11 Mile Beach is considered to be a highly hazardous area. It has a general hazard rating that indicates that it is prone to dangerous conditions.
Although there are already signs warning about the area’s dangerous conditions, Ms. Crook believes that additional warning signs should be placed at the reef where the incident happened.
According to Ms. Crook, the current was still strong even though the water was not deep. She and her partner had been taking no risks, but the rip caught them off-guard.
After posting their story on a local community forum, they hoped that Mushu would be recovered so they could bury him.
They were surprised to learn about the other deaths at the same beach, and she’s worried that a similar tragedy might happen to a child.
She’s hoping that by campaigning for better warning signs, she can prevent such tragedies from happening in future.