Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded dog.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 12:52pm on 14 January in response to a call from the UK Coastguard.

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

The incident had been reported by a member of Littlehampton Coastguard Team who was near the reported location, the shoal bank opposite West Beach Café. It appears that on this occasion members of the public, concerned for the welfare of the dog were trying to use a ladder to get down to rescue it. At this point the public were advised against their action and the UK Coastguard was contacted. The lifeboat and crew headed out towards the scene in fine weather conditions and successfully recovered the dog then returned it to its grateful owner. The lifeboat returned to the station at 1:10pm, where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service.

A spokesman for the RNLI said “If you do see something and have good reason to think an animal is in difficulty, don’t get yourself into danger while trying to rescue a family pet from the water. If your dog does get into difficulty in the water or gets stuck in mud do not go in to try and rescue it. In many cases dogs will get out themselves. The advice is to keep dogs on a lead if walking close to cliff edges, the sea or fast flowing rivers, and if your pet is in difficulty call 999 and ask for the UK Coastguard.”

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