THE RESCUE OF RIP
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1963
WILMINGTON NEWS JOURNAL BY VIRGINIA CULLEN
Four good sportsman of Rehoboth Beach spent 2-1/2 hours rescuing a fifteen year old, blind
and deaf, Chesapeake retriever which had fallen through the ice on the Lewes Rehoboth Canal at Rehoboth Avenue bridge.
The 15 year old Rip, owned by Bill Joseph of Schoolview near the canal was wet, cold and somewhat comatose for a while but has recovered.
The story is, rib was walking on the canal ice when he reached an air pocket and fell through. He, at 80 pounds, was able to hang on to the ice but unable to lift himself out of the cold water.
His barking was heard by the bridge tender Hoyt Hazzard, and several others working near by, Kermit Hill and Holland Ewing, joined by Buzzy Misener and John Roberts of MED Sales on Rehoboth Avenue. At a loss to reach the dog by motor boat which was frozen solid to the canal bank the got a small row boat from Sam Burton and slide it across the ice to the dog, gathered him into the boat Shaking frombeing wet and cold Buzzy took his own coat off and wrapped it around Rip.
Rips owner came and took his home to thaw out and dry and a day later the Joseph's said he
was as frisky as ever.