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Seahouses inshore lifeboat called to dog in the sea off Bamburgh

Lifeboats News Release

At 8:33am on Monday 14 August 2023, Seahouses inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a dog (a Golden Retriever) reported in the sea off Bamburgh.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB "Grace Darling" launching on service

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB "Grace Darling" launching on service
Despite the owner’s best efforts to call it back, it was having difficulty getting back ashore. Local Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked.

Just before the rescue agencies reached the scene, the dog finally got ashore unaided, and the resources were stood down.

Seahouses RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ian Clayton commented: 'The dog owner did exactly what the RNLI advise by calling the Coastguard via 999 for assistance. We strongly advise pet owners not to enter the water to attempt to rescue their pet under any circumstances. Such action can put the pet owner at serious risk.

'We were relieved to learn that this dog managed to reach the shore unaided. Sometimes it can be safer to keep an excitable pet on an extended lead, to prevent the animal getting itself into difficulty in the open sea, and on a normal lead especially at or near cliff edges.'

An RNLI Safety video for pet owners is available at
Image from the RNLI Safety Video for pet owners

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Image from the RNLI Safety Video for pet owners

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