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Zimba and Nita - the first sea rescue dogs along the Norrland coast

2019-10-16T05:13:47.977Z

The German shepherd Nita and the flat-coated retractor Zimba have been trained to become rescue dogs for two and a half years. Now they are ready to help find lost people on the lake.



With Zimba and Nita, there are now a total of 9 sea rescue dogs in the country. Sundsvall now has two certified dogs.

The Swedish Maritime Administration approves the rescue dogs. The training takes place in collaboration with the Swedish Brukshundsklubben, and a requirement for the dog owners who want to train their dog to a rescue rescue dog is to become a voluntary rescue rescue at one of the rescue rescue society's stations.

- The dog should be in water as little as possible. However, it can find people lying in water but then we continue to search from boat. The idea is that neither the dog nor I need to get wet, says Linda Jansson, marine rescuer RS ​​Sundsvall.

The dogs are now certified

Last weekend, Zimba and Nita were approved after passing the final test that was done in Hudiksvall. Primarily they will be used between Härnösand and Hudiksvall, but are also a national resource that can serve all over Sweden.

- We want to make a difference, to find someone before it goes to work. That's what it is all about. To save lives, says Lars Lindström, Lifeguard, RS Sundsvall.

The Sea Rescue Society is a non-profit association that saves lives at sea, without state support. There are 2,200 volunteer sea rescues along the Swedish coast and in the largest lakes, ready to move out in all weather, during all the days of the year. They also work to prevent accidents at sea and to disseminate information and knowledge about maritime safety.

Source: svt

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