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Seahouses lifeboat called to assist dog that had fallen into Beadnell Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 9:16am on Thursday 2 March 2023, the Coastguard requested the assistance of Seahouses inshore lifeboat.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB D-828 Grace Darling


Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB D-828 Grace Darling
A young Labrador dog had fallen into Beadnell Harbour, and the owner could not recover it.

There is always concern that dog owners may try to enter the water to rescue their pet, and get themselves into difficulty.

The lifeboat crew were paged to assemble, and the inshore lifeboat was taken by road and launched at Beadnell. Local Coastguards were also in attendance.

On arrival of the lifeboat, the dog had meanwhile been recovered to the deck of a fishing boat in the harbour. It was taken aboard the lifeboat and landed safely on the beach where it was reunited with its owner.

The inshore lifeboat was then recovered onto its road trailer, and returned to station.

Seahouses volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Ian Clayton added: 'There have been many incidents where dog owners have entered the water to attempt to rescue their pets. We strongly advise dog owners not to do this, as they may be putting their own lives at risk. Leave it to the Coastguard and RNLI whose role it is to save lives at sea. They have the equipment, knowledge and skill to handle such situations safely.'

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For more information please contact Ian Clayton, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press: [email protected]

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