A dog has been reunited with its relieved owners after narrowly avoiding being trapped by the incoming tide.Fred, a collie pointer cross, became stranded after crawling into a pipe at Northam Burrows on Saturday afternoon. Worried owners Linda and Andy Knight raised the alarm at around 3pm after being unable to coax the panicked animal from a drainage chamber. The couple, from East-the-Water, said they were preparing to camp out on the Burrows until help arrived in the form of Diana Lewis from North Devon Animal Ambulance. Diana said: It was quite a delicate rescue as the tide was on its way in and we didnt want to scare Fred into a smaller pipe. Luckily, Andy was able to grab him with our animal grasper, a 10ft pole with a noose cable. He came out of the pipe like a cork out of a bottle. It was wonderful to have such a happy ending with such dedicated owners. Linda said: It was wonderful that Diane helped to get Fred out before the tide came in. The Burrows ranger was very helpful and reassuring and we are grateful to the animal ambulance for all their help.