Missing Toy Poodle is reunited with owner after being rescued by RNLI lifeguards
RNLI lifeguards at Coney Beach had an unusual rescue this morning after Toy Poodle Anna, who had been missing since Monday, was spotted in difficulty in the sea.
RNLI lifeguard Arran Bluck was starting his morning patrol today (21 May) when he spotted the dog in trouble. He paddled out to reach her and returned her to the safety of the beach, where she was dried off and put in a foil blanket.
RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Matt Childs says:
‘Anna had actually been missing since yesterday and it turns out she was camped out around Rhych Point. When another dog had passed by this morning, she was startled and ran into the sea.
‘She was tired and slowing down when Arran spotted her. She was a little reluctant to stay on the rescue board, so Arran waded with her back to the shore. Luckily, a number of posters appealing for her safe return had been posted locally, so the lifeguards were able to alert her owner and reunite them.’
Anna’s reunited owner, who was on holiday in the area was thrilled to be united with his dog and has praised the lifeguards for their quick actions.
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.