Redcar RNLI rescues dog from River Tees
The volunteer crew of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat were called out in failing light on Thursday 8 November 2018 to rescue a small dog that had fallen from the banks of the River Tees.
UK Coastguard requested the launch after the dog’s owner telephoned to say the pet had fallen from a path alongside the Tees, near a local landmark called Teesaurus Park in Middlesbrough.
Using searchlights the crew were able to spot the pet trapped amongst bramble bushes part-way down the river embankment.
Mike Picknett, helmsman of the Redcar lifeboat, said: ‘It was tricky spotting the dog. She was small and dark, and the light was fading fast.
‘We found her tangled in some brambles. She’d cut her paw, but apart from that she was OK.
‘Luckily her owner did the right thing by dialling 999 and asking for the coastguard. We never encourage pet owners to try and carry out a rescue themselves.
‘So many times the pet is safe and the owner gets into difficulties.’
For more advice on what to do if your pet gets into difficulties in water, go to https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking.
Notes to editors:
- Video of the rescue can be downloaded from https://www.rnlivideolibrary.org.uk/play/PCheTE6M
- Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
- Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
- For more news, information and images go to www.redcarlifeboat.org.uk. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcarrnli and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RedcarRNLI
- Any images used should be credited RNLI/Redcar unless indicated
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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.