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Blind dog rescued by Burry Port RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst Burry Port RNLI lifeboat crew were out training with the station’s two lifeboats yesterday morning (Sunday) the volunteer shore crew were alerted to a blind dog that had fallen into the marina.

RNLI volunteers Kelvin Rees, Rhydian Bowen and Mal O'Connell immediantly sprang into action.  They pulled on their wetsuits and lifejackets then waded into the water to assist the dog. 

In the meantime the pet’s two companions were frantically barking and running around, trying to call for attention to help their stricken friend whilst the owners looked on anxiously.  The dog was pulled from the water by the RNLI volunteers.

Thankfully the dog didn’t have any injuries and was quickly given a quick wash down by its rescuers before being reunited with its two companions and very grateful owners.

Notes to editor
Attached are photos of the dog being assisted out of the marina by the RNLI volunteers.  Credit: Roger Bowen.

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