Rosa the Retriever saved by Sea Palling lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI lifeguard team at Sea Palling rescued Rosa the Golden Retriever after she swam out to sea to get a closer look at the local population of seals.

At around 3:30pm on Saturday 3 July, RNLI lifeguards at Sea Palling were alerted by a member of the public about a dog in danger. Rosa, a Golden Retriever, began swimming further out to sea to follow a group of seals.

Although witnesses had already called 999 to alert the Coastguard of the dog’s increasingly dangerous situation, the RNLI team at Sea Palling entered the water to rescue the dog immediately. Lifeguard Tom Owen stayed on the beach to continue monitoring the lifeguarded area.

Two lifeguards, Rebecca Cooper and Greta Balfour, paddled out to Rosa on rescue boards. With Rosa’s attention focused entirely on the seals, the team of two had to manoeuvre their rescue boards to guide the determined dog back to shore. The lifeguards wanted to avoid putting Rosa on the rescue board so to not distress her further, but also had to judge her state in case she was tired. They found Rosa still full of energy and encouraged her to swim alongside the rescue boards back to shore.

Once ashore, the Sea Palling RNLI team ensured that the dog had not taken in too much water and then reunited Rosa with her owner.

Lifeguard Rebecca Cooper congratulated Rosa’s owner for staying calm and not entering the water: ‘Although Rosa was stuck out at sea, it was great that her owner stayed calm and dialled 999 for the Coastguard.

'The RNLI rescue animals to ensure that the public don’t put themselves in danger by trying to do so. Rosa’s owner’s level-headedness meant that we could bring her dog back safely.’

If your pet goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after it. Move to a place you can get to safely and call its name. If you think your pet is in danger, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Notes to editors

RNLI Sea Palling lifeguard service has been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeguarded beach go to:

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan is available for interview.

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RNLI/Derry Salter

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An RNLI lifeguard lays on a yellow rescue board in the water, with a wet Golden Retriever swimming alongside her.

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Sea Palling RNLI lifeguards rescue Rosa the Golden Retriever
An RNLI lifeguard reaches shore with a yellow rescue board as Rosa the Golden Retriever stands on the beach with her owner and two other dogs.

RNLI/Derry Salter

Rosa the Golden Retriever safely on the beach

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