Bridlington inshore lifeboat crew help save dog

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI inshore lifeboat was called into action twice on Sunday 2nd July.

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Crewman Pete Jones watches on as the dog reaches safety
After the UK Coastguard had received a call that a boat with two adults and four children on board was overdue Bridlington inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit was requested to launch.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 4.30pm and after a short search, the lifeboat crew found the boat with all on board safe and well and the boat was escorted safely back to the beach.

At 9.13 pm as dark was falling the lifeboat volunteers were paged again after Coastguards had received a 999 call stating that a distressed dog was in the sea with people trying to retrieve it.

Once on scene the lifeboat volunteers found the dog's owner and members of the public at the water's edge trying to coax the dog back to the shore.

Crowds started to gather to watch the dog's plight and also shouting to try and urge the dog back to the beach.

The inshore lifeboat crew stationed the lifeboat to seaward of the dog in case it tried to make its way out to sea again. Crewman Pete Jones entered the water and along with the dog's owner tried to shepherd the dog back to the shore.

Once ashore, the by now cold and exhausted animal was taken to safety by Coastguards to await the arrival of a vet.

We have been informed that Holly the greyhound is recovering well.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

The dog lays exhausted

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Coastguards carry the dog from the beach

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