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Shock as Durban lifeguard tries to 'drown' dog
23 January 2014 at 14:59 by - City officials are investigating reports that a Durban beachfront lifeguard tried to drown a dog as onlookers watched on in horror.
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Eyewitnesses have told Newswatch the incident took place at around 6am yesterday on Battery Beach. 
 
Two Jack Russells, tied to a no swimming sign, were dragged towards the sea as the municipal lifeguard moved the sign into the water. 
 
One of the dogs managed to break free, but the other gasped for breath as water swept over its head. 
 
Eyewitness Teressa Lugg, who was training on the beach with a few others at the time, picks up the story:
 
"I basically ran up. I was shouting at the lifeguard, asking him what is he doing? And how can he do that to an animal? 
 
"And while I was busy confronting him, two French tourists, the gentleman of the two, he went into the water, undid the dog's lead and he pulled the dog out of the water. When I asked the lifeguard, 'What are you doing? Why did you do it? To kill the dog?' - he says 'yes'," she said. 
 
It's not known why the dogs had been tied up in the first place.
 
We will bring you official comment from the city later on.
 
- Diane Macpherson
 

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