Hairy moment for Camber Lifeguards
RNLI Lifeguards from Camber West beach returned a small dog to its grateful owner yesterday morning.
They were alerted to the pup in trouble at 11am by a member of the public who saw the dog stranded on a sandbar at the entrance to Rye Harbour. The dog had spotted a seagull and dashed off after it and into the harbour.
Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit responded immediately with Laurence launching and coaxing the dog onto his board. From there, the pair were able to make their way safely back to shore.
Laurence said, “We were very happy to be able to reunite dog and his owner. We know how much a pet is part of the family and if we can stop a person entering the water and getting into trouble, that’s time well spent for us. The owner was very grateful and thanked us for our help.
“If you do spot an animal in trouble, please alert your nearest lifeguards or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard rather than trying to rescue them yourself.”
For more information, or for interview requests, contact kt Bruce, Rye Harbour volunteer Press Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07789 818 878 or
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.