Littlehampton Lifeboat crew rescue dog stranded in the river Arun
On the evening of Tuesday 30 March the RNLI crew were notified that attempts were being made by members of the public to recover a dog stranded on a shingle bank in the Littlehampton Harbour entrance near West Beach.
HM Coastguard requested assistance from the RNLI and at 6.21pm BST the D-Class vessel Ray of Hope was launched to facilitate a rescue. The charity’s three volunteer crew were soon on the scene and pleased to be able to welcome Pasha onboard following her escapade on to the shingle bank that is exposed at low tide. The lifeboat headed back to the slipway at Fishermans Quay where Pasha was able to be re-united with her owner.
Jon Prater, Deputy Launching Authority for Littlehampton RNLI, said:
“As lockdown eases and the weather improves more people are visiting the wonderful beaches at Littlehampton. The River Arun is a fast flowing river and we would advise keeping dogs under close supervision in its environs. If a dog does become trapped or is struggling against the current, rather than put themselves in harms way we would always ask members of the public to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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