Dog rescued from rising tide

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Derwentside & Tyneside)

LIFEBOATS were scrambled after a man and dog got stranded on a North-East beach by the rising tide.

The alarm was raised on the coast at Sunderland at 2.30pm on Saturday.

One man, believed to be the pet’s owner, was on the promenade, with a dog cut off on the beach being battered by waves.

Ben Mitchell, crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat, said: “On the lifeboat we were constantly trying to formulate a plan to try and rescue the dog but there was a lot of risk involved in the majority of our options which would put our crewman in danger.

“We continued to liaise with the shore based coastguard team who continued to update us on the dog’s condition and the waves on the beach while we negotiated the breaking surf in the bay.”

Fire and rescue crews from Sunderland also attended and worked with the coastguard to save the dog.

Mr Mitchell said: “As the fire-fighter came over the edge of the cliff the dog started to get washed around by the waves.

“One particularly large wave seemed to pick up the dog and wash it further towards the promenade, at this point we became increasingly concerned as the waves seemed more violent in that location.

“Two coastguard officers on the promenade were able to then coax the dog to swim towards them and effect an excellent rescue of the dog up onto the safety of the promenade.”

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8:07pm Sun 30 Dec 12

keith_r says...

Of course, if the idiot dog-walker had kept his animal on a lead, none of that would've happened, and the emergency services wouldn't have needed to risk their lives for the owner's selfishness and stupidity.
Of course, if the idiot dog-walker had kept his animal on a lead, none of that would've happened, and the emergency services wouldn't have needed to risk their lives for the owner's selfishness and stupidity. keith_r
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9:38pm Sun 30 Dec 12

diga says...

Thank you to the RNLI. I'm sure they'll be well compensated!
Thank you to the RNLI. I'm sure they'll be well compensated! diga
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10:35pm Sun 30 Dec 12

eskaze911 says...

keith_r wrote:
Of course, if the idiot dog-walker had kept his animal on a lead, none of that would've happened, and the emergency services wouldn't have needed to risk their lives for the owner's selfishness and stupidity.
Well keith r , i was that idiot dog owner and if you knew the facts then i would welcome your comments but as you dont then please spend your time doing other things......i wasnt as reported stranded by the tide but my dog was. He went in the sea at roker and was swept by the tide a mile along the coast in the freezing water. I personally didnt ring the emergency services but i'm glad these people that do these brave deads for free have a bigger brain and heart than yourself........
A million thanks to the lads that unselfishly helped me and my dog.....We both owe you..!
[quote][p][bold]keith_r[/bold] wrote: Of course, if the idiot dog-walker had kept his animal on a lead, none of that would've happened, and the emergency services wouldn't have needed to risk their lives for the owner's selfishness and stupidity.[/p][/quote]Well keith r , i was that idiot dog owner and if you knew the facts then i would welcome your comments but as you dont then please spend your time doing other things......i wasnt as reported stranded by the tide but my dog was. He went in the sea at roker and was swept by the tide a mile along the coast in the freezing water. I personally didnt ring the emergency services but i'm glad these people that do these brave deads for free have a bigger brain and heart than yourself........ A million thanks to the lads that unselfishly helped me and my dog.....We both owe you..! eskaze911
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