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Cleethorpes Lifeboat rescues dog from mud near Grimsby Docks

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of Cleethorpes lifeboat were alerted by UK Coastguard shortly after 3pm today, 4 November to reports of a dog stuck in mud near Grimsby.

Muddy lifeboat is cleaned down with hosepipe

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Cleethorpes Lifeboat being cleaned of mud after dog rescue

The charity’s volunteer crew made their way to the reported area, where they could see the dog swimming and concerned people on the shoreline attempting to attract their attention.

Shallow water, thick soft mud and a fast-incoming tide made the area treacherous but the lifeboat was able to get within a few feet of the dog, in only a few inches of water before being unable to get any closer. The small dog appeared to be waiting patiently for rescue but when one of the crew started wading across the mud towards it, it changed its mind and headed back to the safety of the shore on its own.

Once on the shore, the dog’s owner was able to take a hold of him and make sure he didn’t run off again.

The lifeboat crew went ashore to check all were well and the owner explained that the dog, Beano, had been missing for around 24 hours from the Bradley area of Grimsby, nearly 2 miles away.

As there was now no immediate danger to the dog or his owners, the lifeboat left them to make their way back to the road, where Cleethorpes Coastguard Rescue Team and the RSPCA were on hand to ensure that all was well.

RSPCA inspector Daniel Bradshaw said 'We were called by a member of the public reporting a dog stuck on the mud flats in Grimsby. It wasn't safe to get to the dog ourselves so we called in the UK Coastguard to help.'
'This little dog was very lucky and we'd like to thank the brave RNLI crew who helped with this rescue.'

'While we understand the terrier escaped from a garden after being spooked by a firework, frightening incidents like this show how important it is to keep your dogs on the lead when you're near water or coastline. We'd urge anybody whose pet gets stuck in the mud not to put themselves in danger by attempting to carry out a rescue but to call 999.'

The RNLI launches to reports of animals in distress in the water to lessen the risk of members of the public attempting a rescue.

Deputy Launch Authority for Cleethorpes lifeboat, Andy Burden, explained ‘The area where this incident took place is absolutely treacherous with very soft mud and a fast incoming tide. Regardless of fitness or experience, anyone trying to make their way to the dog would have quickly found themselves in serious trouble, which could lead to our volunteers, or Coastguard volunteers, having to carry out a difficult rescue quickly before a tragedy occurred.’

‘Our volunteers are equipped and trained to operate in this sort of terrain but still have to carefully consider their safety before entering the mud as it is so dangerous.’

The RNLI also advise, if an animal or trouble is in person in the sea or mud, to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


For more information, contact Matt McNally, Lifeboat Press Officer, Cleethorpes RNLI on 07771-797556

small dog in water walking to shore

RNLI/Matt McNally

Beano the dog being encouraged ashore
Lifeboat at scene of incident

RNLI/Matt McNally

Cleethorpes Lifeboat watching over Beano as he heads ashore

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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