Great Yarmouth and Gorleston inshore lifeboat called to assist a stranded dog

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston was tasked at 2:04pm on 2 June 2019 by UK Coastguard, to reports of a stranded dog close to the lifeboat station.

Tyson the one year old Toy Poodle

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Tyson the one year old Toy Poodle

A member of the public quickly alerted Humber Coastguard that they had a possible sighting of a dog on the skeleton works in the River Yare/Harbours mouth.

Once the sighting was confirmed as the object being a dog, the inshore lifeboat at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Pride of Leicester was launched to assist.

As the inshore lifeboat was launching a private speedboat located the dog and managed to rescue it as they were passing.

The dog was then transferred from the speedboat to the inshore lifeboat.

Unfortunately nobody was aware of the owner but with Gorleston Coastguard Team on scene on the pier, somebody quickly came forward to say they had lost their dog.

The dog, Tyson, a one year old toy poodle was getting plenty of fuss and attention from the crew, until he was reunited with his owners.

Luckily he hadn’t sustained any injuries, and was just cold, wet and in shock at his afternoon ordeal.

The RNLI would like to thank the kind individuals who helped rescue the dog off the skeleton works.

The charity would urge for dog owners not to attempt to rescue their beloved pets themselves, but instead to call 999 and ask for Coastguard.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Kimberley Platford, RNLI Volunteer Crew & Lifeboat Press Officer and Crew on 07907360588, rnligorlestonpo@outlook.com or Jim Rice,RNLI Regional Media Manager (North East & East) on 07810658072 or jim_rice@rnli.org.uk or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North East and East) on 07824518641 or clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


Tyson receiving cuddles from a crew member

RNLI/Kim Platford

Tyson receiving cuddles from a crew member

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