We attached a 2 oz sausage to the drone."

"One of the local residents on the beach where we were flying from supplied us with the sausages- I think they were from Aldi.

"If we hadn't had got her away from that area the tide would have come in and she would have been at risk of drowning," said Taylor.

It was something we had never tried before – the sausages were the last resort, as we couldn ’ t reach her by kayak or any other means.

we certainly would consider using sausages again : every dog and search operation is always going to be different, but if we were ever in a similar situation again we would employ the same methods to lure the dog."

"because millie was hungry it worked at luring her away from the danger to higher ground, which wouldn't go underwater.

Emma said of the ordeal : "Relief just poured over me.

Dog in mortal danger rescued by genius plan involving a sausage and a drone (Image: Denmead Drone Search & Rescue, Facebook)

It was just absolutely fantastic to have her home.

A plucky team of police, firefighters, and coastguards rushed to the mudflats to rescue her.

millie disappeared after slipping her owner's lead in havant, hampshire, and after frantic public appeals was spotted on the mudflats, in danger of being whisked away by the rapidly rising tide.

"We had to think fast, one of our fully qualified drone pilots, suggested attaching food to the drone, to try and lure her out of the danger area.

Millie initially defied all rescue efforts and remained stuck in place (Image: Denmead Drone Search & Rescue, Facebook)

"Millie really likes food and she 'll eat anything you give her… raw carrots, cucumber – but she much prefers sausages.

"meat is her favourite food, so dangling a sausage was probably the best thing they could lure her with.

"Millie's a rescue dog so she ’ s quite timid.

She loves being at home more than anything and now she ’ s back all she ’ s doing is sleeping.

The mischievous pooch evaded capture twice (Image: Denmead Drone Search & Rescue, Facebook)

"she just sleeps and eats and looks at you as if to say :' i ’ m resting, leave me alone. ’"

millie initially defied all rescue efforts and remained stuck in place.

That is, until a member of the rescue team came up with the idea to attach food to one of the drones that had been used to track her.

A post on the Denmead Drone Search and Rescue Facebook page read : "After employing the expertise of some locals, we were told if Millie wasn't moved within a few hours she would have been cut off, and the area she was in underwater, with drowning highly likely.

We managed to lure Millie 300m over into a safety zone.

Luckily she stayed in that area so we had prevented her from possibly drowning."

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