Mountain rescue dog trained to sniff under water for humans

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A mountain rescue sniffer dog has been trained to search for drowned victims.

Handler Dave Marsh, 62, has spent a year showing three-year-old border collie Sasha how to pick up the scent of a body in water.

The dog has completed her first staged mission from a boat – detecting a stillborn pig, which smells similar to a human, from 30 yards.

Mr Marsh, a Bolton Mountain Rescue team volunteer, is confident Sasha will pass a test in August to become a fully qualified water dog.

He said: “She’ll be a valuable member of the team.”

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