World Cup save by RNLI volunteer.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer Fred Robinson made a vital save on World Cup Wednesday night when he prevented a dog from drowning in Hartlepool Marina.
The sprightly 67 year old who is a lock gate operator at the Marina and Deputy Launch Authority at the Ferry Road lifeboat station sprang into action when two passers-by alerted him to the fact that a dog was struggling in the Marina close to the nearby Sea Cadet building.
Fred immediately jumped into one of the Hartlepool Marina boats and quickly found the dog, plucked it to safety from the water and then took it back to the lock gates office where it was dried off and made comfortable for the night.
Following the dramatic rescue Fred said ‘I’m more used to pulling people out of the sea after 28 years volunteering with the RNLI but this is my first dog rescue’
‘I have called him ‘Pickles’ because he was in a bit of a pickle when I saved him and I think there is a World Cup connection there as well after the dog that found the World Cup back in 1966’.
‘It's been a disappointing night for the England World Cup team but a good night for 'Pickles'.
'He’s a lovely friendly terrier and I hope we can reunite him with his owner quickly’.
If anyone can help reunite ‘Pickles’ with his owner please contact Hartlepool Marina on 01429 865744.
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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.