Happisburgh RNLI tasked to dog walker

Lifeboats News Release

UK Coastguard alerted the volunteers of Happisburgh Lifeboat Station at 11:05am on 11 November, who had just returned to station from their Sunday morning training exercises, to reports of a woman who had entered the water at Walcott sea front to retrieve her dog.

Russell Pickering launching off the beach at Happisburgh Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Philip Smith

Launching Station D Class

The station’s D Class lifeboat Russell Pickering launched, with Christian Larter at the helm and Cubitt Siely, David Loveday and Sean Thurston as crew.

They proceeded to Walcott at full speed; on arrival on scene they were informed that the woman was ashore and did not require any service from the RNLI. The Coastguard stood them down and they returned to station and made the lifeboat ready for service.

It's important to keep yourself safe when walking dogs.

please remember:

Keep dogs on leads if you're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.

If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after your dog - move to a place where your dog can get to safely and call them, they'll probably get out by themselves.

If you're worried about the situation avoid entering the water yourself, instead call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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