Juno the Norfolk search and rescue dog is found safe and well

Juno the Norfolk search and rescue dog is rescued from a river with the help of DRONE, six days after beloved German Pointer went missing on a training exercise before Christmas

  • Juno, a female German shorthaired Pointer disappeared on December 21  
  • Owner Ian Danks is team leader at Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue charity
  • Foot teams, cameras, drones and rescue boats searched for the pooch 
  • The dog was finally found using a drone in River Waveney yesterday  

A Norfolk search and rescue dog has been rescued from a river with the help of a drone and some dog biscuits, six days after she went missing on a training exercise before Christmas.

Juno, who is a female German shorthaired Pointer disappeared on December 21 while she was on a regular training exercise in Fritton Woods near Yarmouth. 

The pooch had run ahead of her owner Ian Danks, 42, and his family into thick, tall reeds before she vanished and an ‘almost continuous’ search for Juno ensued in the following 48 hours. 

Foot teams, thermal imaging cameras, drones and rescue boats were in the area to find Juno after the ‘devastated’ search team desperately sought to locate her. 

She remained missing over Christmas, despite widely shared social media posts and huge coordinated search efforts. But happily, Juno was finally found on December 27th, on a river reed bed. 

Mr Danks is a qualified dog handler, trustee and team leader at the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue charity and Juno qualified alongside him in 2019. The pair have helped locate missing and vulnerable people across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.  

Juno, (pictured) who is a female German shorthaired Pointer disappeared on December 21 while she was on a regular training exercise in Fritton Woods near Yarmouth

The pooch had run ahead of her owner Ian Danks, 42, and his family into thick, tall reeds. Pictured: Mr Danks with Juno

Mr Danks told the Independent: ‘It was awful. It’s always the little things – seeing her bed in front of the fire and she’s not in it. 

Seeing her toys lying around. It’s all the little things that became very emotionally stressful.’

Sadly, Juno (pictured) remained missing over Christmas, despite widely shared social media posts and huge coordinated search efforts

Juno was finally found using a drone yesterday morning in a reed bed by the River Waveney, on the boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk.

The dog was still wearing her hi-vis, waterproof dog coat and was retrieved from the water by a handler who had met her before.

They went into the reeds and tempted her with dog biscuits before putting her on their rescue boat and taking her to safety.  

Juno was finally found using a drone yesterday morning in a reed bed by the River Waveney, on the boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk. Pictured Juno and Mr Danks 

Juno has lost some weight and has some cuts and swelling on her feet after spending six nights outside but is mostly healthy. 

Everyone involved in the search was hugely relieved she returned safely.

Most of those who helped rescue the pooch were people who had worked with or trained her previously.   


Juno has lost some weight and has some cuts and swelling on her feet after spending six nights outside but is mostly healthy

Her delighted owner was ‘incredibly emotional’ after his pooch was found. 

Mr Danks praised those involved in the search, including those from his team and the Suffolk 4×4 Response team as well as volunteers from the Red Cross.

He now plans to pamper his beloved pooch with Christmas turkey but ‘not a lot’ as he is getting her back into food.

Her delighted owner was ‘incredibly emotional’ after his pooch was found. Pictured: Juno and the one of the rescue teams


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