Redcar RNLI launches to assist a dog who had swum out to sea
Volunteers from Redcar RNLI launched to assist a dog who had swum away from his owner on the beach at Redcar.
Redcar RNLI sprang into action after a dog swam out to sea on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Cee, a German Shepherd, swam away from his owner on the beach at Redcar just after 11am. His owner, a local woman, dialled 999 to raise the alarm, and the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to rescue the dog within 10 minutes of the alarm being raised.
Volunteer helmsman Cameron Bond said: ‘When we found him, the dog had swum about 120 metres out and was looking pretty exhausted.
‘One of the crew grabbed his collar while I grabbed his backend and we pulled him into the lifeboat. He was very glad to see us, and he was well behaved on the way back to the shore.’
The dog was taken to the lifeboat station before being reunited with its grateful owner.
Cee’s owner said: ‘He was so out of character. Normally he comes straight back when call him. I was so worried about him.
‘I was so grateful that he was safe when he was brought back to me. Those ten minutes felt like a lifetime watching how far he had gone and knowing how helpless I was to help him.’
Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘Cee’s owner did exactly the right thing. She raised the alarm by dialling 999 and then stayed put. There have been too many tragedies where pet owners attempt a rescue and perish.
‘More often than not the pet is rescued by the emergency services or gets to safety without any help at all. In these circumstances we always urge people to respect the water, stay out of the sea and raise the alarm.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.