Crews rally to save dog trapped under bus at East Wittering

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Emergency crews rallied to save a dog trapped under a bus at East Wittering.

The poor Labrador, named Daisy, was found stuck underneath the single decker bus at 8pm on Sunday evening (May 10).

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said: “Daisy the Labrador had a very lucky escape after she ran out in front of a bus, leaving her trapped and needing the emergency assistance of West Sussex firefighters.

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“Firefighters from Chichester Fire Station and the retained crew at East Wittering were mobilised to Main Road at Birdham.

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Crews rescuing the dog trapped under the bus at East Wittering | eddie mitchell

“Upon arrival they found Daisy trapped underneath the single decker bus and immediately got to work trying to rescue her.”

Steve Pearce, East Wittering watch commander, said when crews got closer to Daisy, they could see her eyes were open, but she was not moving or making any noise.

“We were very surprised to see that she was still alive after her ordeal,” said Steve, adding: “But it meant we had to work quickly to get her out and ensure she received the medical attention that she needed.

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“By the looks of it she hit the front of the bus and then rolled underneath it.

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The dog was trapped under the single decker bus | eddie mitchell

“Luckily she didn’t roll underneath the wheel as that would have been a very different outcome. But as the bus is so low to the ground, and being quite a large dog she was pinned down and couldn’t move.”

Fire crews raised the bus off the ground using high pressure air bags and were able to bring Daisy to safety.

Steve said: “She had a few nasty cuts and scratches and was clearly feeling rather battered after her ordeal.

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“She had a blue light escort to the emergency vets thanks to our colleagues at Sussex Police who ensured she was well looked after.

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Police and fire crews responded to the incident at East Wittering | eddie mitchell

“We later heard this morning that she is recovering well.

“She had an incredibly lucky escape.”

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