Littlehampton RNLI rescues Cockapoo
The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI rescued a Cockapoo who had become stuck on the western shingle bank close to the entrance of Littlehampton Harbour yesterday afternoon (27 December).
The crew were called into action at 2.54pm to assist HM Coastguard following a 999 call from a member of the public.
The lifeboat station’s Ray of Hope lifeboat was launched at 3.02pm and was on the scene at 3.06pm. The crew successfully rescued the white Cockapoo and took it to Littlehampton Yacht Club where it was reunited with its owner, none the worse for its misadventure.
Jon Prater, Deputy Launching Authority for Littlehampton RNLI, said: ‘Littlehampton West Beach is a wonderful beach for dog walking, but please remember to keep your dog under close control near the river, which is fast flowing and has strong currents. If your dog does get into difficulties, don’t go after them. Move to a place you can get to safely and call them, as they will probably get out by themselves. If you are worried about them, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’
For further information and advice about dog walking in coastal areas, see https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking.
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.