Stranded dog rescued by Littlehampton RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 10:41am this morning, Wednesday 13 February in response to a call from the UK Coastguard.

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

The incident had been reported by a member of public stating there was a very distressed female near West Beach Café and her dog was in the River Arun. The lifeboat and crew headed out towards the scene near the entrance to the river in fine, breezy weather conditions. At the scene the dog had managed to get out of the water onto the shingle bank. A crew member was able to recover the dog to the lifeboat and then return it to its very grateful owner, who was waiting at the ferry pontoon. The lifeboat returned to the station at 10:55am, where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service.

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