RNLI offers safety advice to dog walkers

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is offering safety advice to dog walkers. So far this year, the charity has rescued over 150 dogs.

Dog at the beach

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Dog at the beach

The RNLI is urging dog-owners to keep their pets on a lead when walking near fast-flowing rivers or cliff edges, and to take care in dark and slippery conditions.

Steve Instance, Community Safety Partner for the RNLI said, ‘If your dog goes in the water, please don’t go in after them. Instead, move to a place where your dog could get to easily and call them. They will probably get out by themselves. However, if you’re worried, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’

The charity is also asking dog walkers to check the tide times before they head to the coast, and to plan their trip accordingly to give them enough time to return to safety

Steve continued, ‘Tide times can vary throughout the month, and a section of beach that was clear yesterday at 3pm might be covered today. This can be particularly treacherous with the sun setting earlier. We advise anyone heading to the coast to take a means of calling for help, and telling someone before you head off where you’re going and when you expect to be back.’

If you do find yourself in trouble, or see someone else in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

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Dog walking at the beach

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Dog walking at the beach

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