Rescued cat’s family completely unaware of rescue

The family of a lucky cat recently saved from the Thames river have said that were completely unaware of the incident until seeing it online several days after the event.

The black cat, Merlin, was rescued by Chiswick Lifeboat on Tuesday 9 June from the rising tide, whilst a concerned crowd looked on. Reported by The Chiswick Calendar and picked up by the Daily Mail, the video of the panic stricken cat cut off by the tide, hissing, spitting and clawing as a Chiswick Lifeboat crew tried to save it, was all over social media and broadcast by Sky News.

Speaking to The Chiswick Calendar, Nick Delmas, the cat’s owner said:

“To be honest, I had no idea he had gone through this until I saw it on one of the news pages. We were out on Sunday and my son was here. And I think it was on Wednesday I found out that this had taken place. I saw a video and said ‘That looks like Merlin our cat’, so checked it a few times and was like ‘Yes it is!’.

‘I spoke to my son and said “Did Merlin come back wet on Sunday afternoon?” and he said “Yeah, he came back wet and I didn’t know why.”


Video above: The rescue operation, courtesy of the RNLI

Grateful for the RNLI’s help in getting Merlin back home safe, the family wanted to give a shout out to the incredible work the organisation does.

“We see the RNLI every time we go down [to the river] and yeah we’re big supporters. The work they do is great”.

Nick’s son Etienne popped down to the Lifeboat station to say thank you in person. Merlin was unavailable for comment.

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