It’s all in a day’s work for RNLI volunteers

RNLI lifeguards carry the seal from the beach
RNLI lifeguards carry the seal from the beach

A dog who made a bid for freedom – by swimming out to sea – was intercepted by lifeboat crews and returned to her owners.

The golden retriever bitch was already 100 metres off Tynemouth Longsands when volunteers from Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat were called to help, after her worried owner called 999.

The lifeboat headed for the dog, who was still swimming away from the shore and the lifeboat whenever it got near her.

Crew member Ross Dunn was eventually able to grab the dog by her tail and she was helped on board.

Llifeguards were also involved in a rescue at Whitley Bay North beach when they came to the aid of a seal pup. They were alerted to the animal’s plight by a member of the public who had spotted the seal in an exhausted condition near St Mary’s Lighthouse.

The grey male pup had been released near the lighthouse two days before by volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, after previously having been discovered in the Boulmer area and receiving treatment for a torn claw.

A vet confirmed that the animal was underweight and needed to be fattened up.