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33-year old water sports enthusiast Charlie Head
was paddling his way off the British Kent's coast and into the open sea when he unexpectedly spotted the Shih Tzu dog trapped on rocks, shivering and soaking wet. UK's The Sun
reported that it was only a matter of minutes and the dog could have drowned by the fast rising tide. Head just got there in time to rescue Bam Bam, identified later on by the pet's microchip.
The fascinating rescue was captured on video camera, which was mounted on Head's helmet. Head maneuvered his paddle board towards the dog, reached for him, put him onto his board, and coaxed the frightened dog between his legs, then headed back to the shore.
: "I was gobsmacked. I couldn't believe my eyes. He was just sat there wondering what the hell to do. He was absolutely terrified. In about ten minutes the rock would have been covered with water. I managed to paddle out to him and then get him on my board."
"Bam Bam nearly refused to be taken to safety. He was terrified when I picked him up, but I think he soon realized I was trying to help, and when he felt safe he snuggled up between my legs and we headed back to shore," Head added
Since July, Head has been paddling from Land's End to London. Also, he has been stopping each evening to stay with friends, and even sleeping rough at times. He hopes to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in two months’ time. Head further stated
, "It was great to help the little dog. Hopefully the good deed will bring me a little luck and help me complete the rest of the challenges."
Bam Bam is now in custody care of the Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary
while they try to contact his owner.