Weston RNLI volunteers rescue a dog cut off by the tide
The crew had to go to the aid of a dog when a flood tide was in danger of overwhelming it.
The tide was flooding and the dog could not get back to dry land. The area it was in was not accessible from the land so the lifeboat was launched to avoid anyone risking their own lives by trying to rescue it.
The D Class Lifeboat, Anna Stock, launched within a few minutes of the pagers sounding. Soon after leaving the harbour the crew could see the dog up against the wall. As soon as they were near crewman David Ridout went into the water to try to reach the animal. He had to walk after the dog along the base of the wall but he caught up with it without difficulty. The dog was put in the lifeboat, fussed over by the crew, and returned to the harbour.
There was no sign of the owner so the dog was taken to the temporary lifeboat station where more fuss was made of it by the whole crew. Contact was made with the kennels who perform the dog warden duty at weekends and they already knew the dog was missing. Apparently it had got out when someone left the door open and the distraught owner had been looking for it for some time. When she heard from the kennels she came over to the lifeboat station and was reunited with Bella the dog.
Mike Buckland Lifeboat Operations manager at Weston station said:’ We only go and rescue animals to save others putting themselves at risk. However it is very satisfying when we do save an animal. We always advise everyone to keep their dogs on a lead when near the sea but this little one had escaped so there was no blame on the owner.’
Key facts about the RNLI
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.