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Whitsand Bay RNLI lifeguards rescue dog cut off by tide

Lifeguards News Release

Whitsand Bay RNLI lifeguards rescued Barney the dog trapped by the tide at No Fear beach in Whitsand Bay, south east Cornwall on 15 June 2018.

This was the second visit to the small beach between Sharrow and Tregantle for RNLI lifeguards in the same week as they’d rescued a group of walkers who’d become cut off by the tide the day before.

Barney was clearly very happy to see his RNLI rescuers after he became cut off by the tide chasing seagulls. His owners were walking along Sharrow Beach when Barney ran to No Fear beach just to the west of Sharrow in Whitsand Bay.

Due to the two foot choppy surf and incoming tide, the only way to reach Barney was by boat. RNLI lifeguards Joe Saunders and Charlie Gillett immediately launched the inshore rescue boat (IRB). After very little persuasion, Barney jumped into the IRB where he was safely returned to his owners.

Charlie Gillett, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area said:

‘Barney was clearly very excited to see us when we picked him up and was very well behaved on the journey home. This was a lucky escape for Barney as the tide was coming in very quickly. The RNLI advises all dog-walkers to check the tide times and advises all dogs to not chase seagulls!’


Barney with RNLI lifeguards Joe Saunders and Charlie Gillett

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