On the coast

Rosie, safely back on shore lapping up a cool drink of water, had a ball at the beach. Her owners, not so much.
Rosie, safely back on shore lapping up a cool drink of water, had a ball at the beach. Her owners, not so much.

Marija and Theo Gutmann, of Marmion, watched in horror as three-year-old Rosie continued further into the surf determined to catch her brand new bright red netball.

After an attempt by herself and another dog owner, Mrs Gutmann desperately headed to the Sorrento lifeguard station where Tom Evans radioed the northern jet ski patrol.

‘You feel so hopeless; there were no lifeguards or jet skis at the dog beach ” I was just hoping she wouldn’t go all the way to South Africa,’ she said.

‘Because she’s a black dog it was only because of her red ball that anyone could see her.’

A crowd had gathered to offer support while passerby Kelly Phillips phoned Surf Life Saving WA.

A nearby boat attempted rescues before a Mullaloo lifeguard paddled out to fetch the dog and lead it back to shore much to the relief of the couple and the crowd that had gathered.

‘It was lovely the amount of people that were standing around trying to support us and wishing Rosie the best of luck and genuinely being really happy for us when she came back,’ Mrs Gutmann said. ‘The first thing Rosie wanted when she got back to shore was her bloody ball.’