Dog walker Alex Hardy
‘Alex and I were walking the dogs along the beach – we used to go there all the time, it was just a normal day.
‘Alex’s dog went down a slipway into the sea but started to struggle. Alex followed, wanting to help, but slipped and banged his head and was then washed out to sea himself. I rushed in to try and reach him, but the water was just so powerful.
‘A huge search took place, but he was gone – at just 32 years old. It was such a massive shock, how a simple walk at the coast can suddenly turn into tragedy.’
I am still totally devastated. I respect the sea and coastline more now than ever. I’d urge anyone heading to the coast this Summer to be really careful – even if you’re not planning to go into the water, you could still find yourself in danger.
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