Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat launched to save dog and owner

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 11.53am on Thursday 20th August by Humber Coastguard to reports of a person in the water attempting to rescue his Labrador dog that had swam out to sea at Crimdon Dene, County Durham.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' heading out to sea recently.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 12.08pm and arrived at the scene of the incident 8 minutes later to discover that the dog and its owner had returned to the beach safely.
The local Coastguard team were also in attendance at the scene of the incident.
The Hartlepool Rnli inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 12.30pm and was made ready for service by 1.00pm.
Hartlepool Rnli deputy launch authority Steve Pounder said ‘Please don’t go into the water after your animals as they will often find there own way out.
Ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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