RNLI lifeboat saves ‘exhausted’ dog Pakefield Lowestoft
A precious dog has been reunited with its owner in the shallow waters of the North Sea after being brought to safety in a spectacular rescue.
The drama began when the Labrador owner attempted to swim to his pet, which was nearly half a mile from Pakefield, near Lowestoft, on Sunday afternoon.
Realizing he was in danger, he returned to shore – leaving a vacationer in a kayak to keep an eye on the dog while the lifeboat was contacted.
The Lowestoft RNLI rescue rescue boat, Bridie O’Shea, which had just returned from a crew training session, embarked on a race against time to save the animal.
Lowestoft coxswain John Fox said: “We were called by the UK Coast Guard at 12:45 on Sunday to report that a dog owner was swimming in the sea to save his dog.
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“When we reached the dog, he was weak and exhausted.
“One of the lifeboat crew managed to get hold of the Labrador dog, pull it out of the sea and pass it to a colleague on the deck.
“The animal was shaking and cold and the crew wrapped it in a towel.”
He added: “When the animal recovered sufficiently, we took the lifeboat close to shore and the grateful owner waded to find his precious pet.”
Two hours later, the crew of the Lowestoft lifeboat were warned again when a windsurfer was reported to be in trouble off Pakefield – but luckily managed to disembark safely before the lifeboat is not launched.
Lowestoft Coast Guard rescue officers also responded to check on the windsurfer’s welfare.
It was the second time in months that the crew of the Lowestoft RNLI rescue boat had been called in to rescue a dog – after Oscar, a three-year-old cocker spaniel, managed to get away from his owner and was swept away by the tide at sea at Pakefield Beach on May 11..