Safe return for dog who swam in sea

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Concerns about a dog swimming out to sea prompted a search and rescue mission for Blyth RNLI last week.

The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard just before 4:45pm on Thursday August 29 2013 following reports of a dog swimming out to sea just to the south of Blyth Harbour.

During the rescue the Coastguard informed the crew that a fishing vessel was now alongside and shadowing the dog which was make its way back to shore.

Once the lifeboat arrived on scene two of the volunteer crew entered the water in an attempt to encourage the dog back towards the beach before a member of the public attached a lead and the dog was safely reunited with its owner.

The RNLI said the lifeboat was launched for fear that the owner or a member of the public may attempt to swim after the dog and get into difficulty themselves.

Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Paul Raine said: “It’s good to see that someone knew what to do and called the coastguard on 999 for help instead of attempting to go after the animal themselves.

“I would advise any animal owners who find themselves in a similar situation to do the same.”