RNLI Lifeguard thanked after rescueing family pet

Lifeguards News Release

The owners of a dog which was rescued by an RNLI Lifeguard on Poppit Sands returned today to say thanks.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Lifeguard Rhodri paddling Bonnie the dog back to shore.

Whilst out on a regular patrol last Saturday around 2pm, RNLI Lifeguard Rhodri Wall spotted a small dog that had been reported missing to the lifeguards earlier, stuck on the rocks under the Cliff Hotel. Rhodri paddled a rescue paddleboard across the estuary mouth to reach the stricken dog. After managing to get the dog, named Bonnie, down off the rocks and onto the paddle board. The frightened dog was the paddle back to Poppit beach where she was reunited with her owners.

On Tuesday the owners returned to the beach with a box of chocolates and a thank you card.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Vinny Vincent said: 'It's always great when people come back to the beach to thank our lifeguards for their service. If your pet ever gets into trouble on the coast the RNLI recommends that you don't put yourself in danger by attempting to rescue it yourself, instead dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard'.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Thank you note to the Lifeguards

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