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Stranded couple and their dogs rescued by Cowes lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Just over two weeks after rescuing one dog, Cowes RNLI lifeboat today took a giant leap forward with its canine-related exploits, by rescuing five!

14 September 2018

Stranded Couple and their Dogs Rescued by Cowes Lifeboat

This time the drama involved a couple and their five small dogs, cut off by the incoming tide on the shore east of Thorness Bay. Unable to climb the muddy cliff, the couple put in an urgent call to the Coastguards.

After launching at 1.30 pm the lifeboat was soon on the scene, and the crew found the woman particularly distressed by their predicament. The couple and their dogs, one of which was being carried in a pushchair because of a leg injury, were soon taken aboard the lifeboat.

Within minutes they were landed on the beach at Thorness, where they were believed to be holidaying.

The lifeboat returned to station at 2.05 pm.

On 28 August the lifeboat had also been involved in the rescue of an exhausted dog in sea off the Hampshire shore at Lepe on 28 August.

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