RNLI Rye Harbour and HM Coastguard avoid tragedy with double dog rescue
On Saturday morning (7 April) Rye Harbour volunteer lifeboat crew responded to an HM Coastguard request to help a distressed dog stuck in the mud on the banks of the River Rother.
Due to lack of water the lifeboat was taken down the bank of the Rother on its trailer to assist HM Coastguard in saving a dog that had become stuck in the mud. The owner of the animal had phoned 999 and was put through to the Coastguard who told him to stay calm, that help was on its way and that he should not to enter the water himself.
The RNLI volunteers teamed up with HM Coastguard and the dog was safely rescued and reunited with its worried owners. The dog-owner said, ‘The RNLI and Coastguard were wonderful and we can’t thank them enough. The relief is immense.’
As better weather arrives and more people are walking dogs down by the river and the beach, the RNLI asks people to call 999 for help immediately if their dog gets into trouble, to wait calmly and NOT TO ENTER THE WATER.
As soon as the boat was released by HM Coastguard, a second call came in and the crew was re-tasked to save another dog, also caught in the mud but further down the river. This rescue was also successful and the owners voiced their gratitude to the RNLI Rye Harbour volunteers and HM Coastguard.
Senior crew member on the shout, Tony Peters, said, ‘Now that we are seeing the first warm weather of the year we are experiencing an increase in calls to rescue dogs. We would always advise any dog walker in this area to keep dogs on leads and under no circumstance to attempt to rescue the dogs themselves.”
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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, in a normal year, 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.