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Shocked neighbours speak of dog’s loyalty to owner, 2nd victim of Storm Ciara

Rain falls onto a British road dog-sad
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Residents of a Liverpool neighbourhood speak of the loyalty of a dog that refused to leave the side of its owner who was crushed beneath a tree brought down by high winds.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 15/02/2020, 13:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


It was the worst storm for decades and it caused chaos to the transport network, but, after Ciara, it was the unfolding personal tragedies that ultimately held the attention of the public.

At its height Storm Ciara brought winds in excess of 90mph to most of the UK, and dumped rain, snow and hail.

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The second man to die amid the ravages of the high winds and driving rain was a man in his 60s. The deceased, who has not yet been named, was walking his dog through the ancient woodland of Black Wood, south east of the city of Liverpool on Tuesday.

Loyal to the last

The man was hit by a falling tree and died at the scene. According to eye witnesses, his dog, unharmed, stayed with the man until help arrived.

Officials later told The Independent: “We can confirm that the man hit by the falling tree branch in Black Wood in Woolton has sadly passed away.

“The man, who is in his 60s and from the Liverpool area, has now been identified and his next of kin have been informed.”

On Sunday, a 58-year-old man driving along the A33 in Hampshire was also killed when a tree fell on his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.