In times of emergency, who comes to our rescue is the last thing on our minds. Whether it be a herd of elephants or an 8-year-old kid, safety is all that matters. But sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised. What started out as a nightmare for this Scottish family turned into an adventure on the Hogwarts Express.
The family of six was spending a vacation camping in the Scottish Highlands. But on Friday, Jon Cluett woke up and walked out of his hut on Loch Eilt to find that their 16-foot red canoe had disappeared, probably washed away by the river.
Miles away from their car and with no other option, Cluett phoned the police. What the officer would reply was nothing short of astounding.
“The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it,’”
Expectedly, the Cluett children did what any Potterhead would — flip out. If the Hogwarts Express is a go-to rescue vehicle along Fort William and Mallaig, GPS may no longer be a priority to casual hikers.
Dogs make great athletic companions — they can hunt, run, swim, and jump hurdles. But adventure comes with a risk and sometimes the consequences are dire. Rescuing doesn’t always come on time and, in some instances, has taken up to three years. For this lucky Labrador stranded in the Chilliwack mountains for four days, casual hikers took no time to save him.
Amanda McGregor’s chocolate lab Louie is now recovering from a mountain adventure that brought together dozens of people in the local hiking community.
It began when McGregor’s stepdaughter Janessa picked Louie up at 6 a.m… for an overnight trek to Radium Lake.
But when 2 p.m. came on Sunday and Janessa and Louie weren’t back, Amanda started to worry.
Because Janessa was not directly in danger’s way, the police could not respond. McGregor then did what anyone in this day and age would’ve done — she turned to social media.
There was almost too much of a response with dozens of commenters making suggestions, offering equipment and to come out and help.
When the rescuers got to Louie… the dog wasn’t moving much and wouldn’t walk at all.
Within a few hours, Louie was whisked away to an animal hospital. Within a day, FaceBook users raised over $500 for the pup’s recovery.
“In this day and age, to know that humans are out there that do this. This is such a positive story about people.”
Trust me, we agree.