Margate RNLI’s dogged determination saves the day

Lifeboats News Release

A dog has been rescued by Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat after becoming stranded on a groyne at Westgate-on-Sea.

A member of the public contacted crew at the lifeboat station this morning (Sunday 31 July) reporting that a Labrador dog was stranded on a partially submerged concrete groyne at St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate-on-Sea. As well as concern for the dog there was also concern that the owner may attempt a rescue and escalate the degree of risk to all involved.
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and in order not to panic the animal, a crewmember was put onto the groyne and waded along it to gain the dog’s confidence. It seemed to see the value in taking a liking to its new found friend and was quite happy to be transferred to the lifeboat. After a short ride it was reunited with its grateful owner and both were able to resume their Sunday morning walk.
Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Margate RNLI said: ‘It is not unusual for dogs to get into difficulties at sea while out for a walk. The owner was correct here not to attempt a rescue and await the arrival of the lifeboat. Often the owner can end up being the one in difficulties while the dog’s natural instinct sees it survive the drama.’
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