Hairy moment for Camber Lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI Lifeguards from Camber West beach returned a small dog to its grateful owner yesterday morning.

RNLI Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit after yesterday's rescue

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RNLI Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit after yesterday's rescue

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.”


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For more information, or for interview requests, contact kt Bruce, Rye Harbour volunteer Press Officer on kt@ktbrucephotography.com or 07789 818 878 or

Julie Rainey, South East Regional Media Manager, on 07827 358 256 / julie_rainey@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Lifeguard Laurence Petit mid-rescue yesterday

RNLI/Dominic Richard

RNLI Lifeguard Laurence Petit mid-rescue yesterday
RNLI Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit with their tiny casualty

RNLI/Dominic Richard

RNLI Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit with their tiny casualty

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