Caister lifeboatmen rescue dog from freezing North Sea

Ruby the Labrador was rescued by Caister lifeboat Ruby the Labrador was rescued by Caister lifeboat

Sunday, August 24, 2014
10:34 AM

Caister lifeboatmen have been praised for saving the life of an adventurous dog that swam a quarter of a mile out to sea.

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Ruby the water-loving Labrador, who lives with owners Ann and Norman Hughes in Filby, prompted a full scale rescue off Caister beach this morning.

The four-year-old dog often goes swimming on a long lead but went further than her family expected after she slipped her collar, sending them into a panic as she swam further and further out into the freezing North Sea.

The fast actions of Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service ensured a happy ending for Ruby, who is now back at home with a jumbo sausage and a warm, dry bed.

“We kept calling her and calling her but she didn’t turn around,” said Mrs Hughes.

The couple’s daughter Trudy, who was visiting from Norwich, called the coastguard on 999 when Ruby started to disappear from view. Her sons, Edward, 15, and Harry, 13, ran to Caister lifeboat shed at the same time to summon help.

“We had everyone, even the holidaymakers, running along the beach shouting and whistling her. I don’t know how much longer she would have survived out there, it was really cold.

“We can’t thank everyone who helped enough. They were wonderful.

“Because of the drama we missed lunch so we ended up getting fish and chips from the shop. My eldest told the staff in there what had happened and when we eventually got home we found a jumbo sausage marked ‘For the dog’.”

Caister lifeboatman Andy Hewitt, who crewed the Inshore Lifeboat with Tommy Williams, received the call-out at 12.50pm and by 1.03pm had brought Ruby back to shore.

He said the dog managed to swim a quarter of a mile out before being picked up.

Warning dog owners and passers-by not to enter the water to rescue animals, Andy Miles, trainee watchman from Caister National Coastwatch Institute, added: “I was up in the tower when I saw someone running along the beach, pointing out to the water but I couldn’t see what it was. Then I heard someone shout that there was a dog in the water.

“We saw people going out in dinghies to try and help. Our advice is always to leave it to the coastguard; they will be there as quickly as possible. The tide is very strong and the wind can carry anything. It is a risk to try and rescue a pet yourself and we could end up having to save them as well.”

Do you have a rescue story to tell? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk.

16 comments

  • What a lovely happy ending,well done.the labradors are beautiful dogs,so glad she is safe.

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    foxey

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • RNLI or independant life boat they ALL do a fantastic job.

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Derek and Bob, Ruby is the most gentle and friendly dog you'll probably ever meet, not to mention labs are not particularly known to be an aggressive dog she lives in a family of 6-7 children. As for calling it a waste of resources I'm pretty sure it would be different if it were your dog animal or human a life's a life, the worst culprits for mess and danger to wildlife on the beach are humans, more to the point if you've got nothing good too say don't say it at all, perhaps your time would be better spent on comprehension classes then belittling the great work of the voulantry life guards.

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    Jason Hughes

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Caister Lifeboat is a independent organisation and not part of the RNLI.

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    ALED

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Well done Caister men an other LIFE saved.

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    Tony Rodé

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Disgraceful , the dog should have been on a tighter lead, typical of dog owners not bother if the dog got loose and attacked children or wildlife

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    blister

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Freezing North Sea, in August!

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    peter waller

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • RNLI do indeed do a great job as do Caister lifeboat and all the other independent lifeboats.

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    Donna Burnett

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Glad all ended well but the headline did not need to exagerate; the sea temperature was probably in excess of 15 or 16 degrees C.

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    Dictate

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The RNLI do great work, can i just point out that humans that do not read the warning signs on beaches for their own safety should also be on a lead like this dog was!!!!!!

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Ruby was on a lead.....read it again!!!

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    Gina Hughes

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Lord Elf, point taken

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I have to say I agree with the other comments, dogs should always be securely collared and under control on a beach, there is a lot of wildlife, some rare breeds living on our beaches and they should be protected from aggressive dogs or disturbance from dogs running through the marram grass etc

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    bob tob

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • This dog should have been more securely in its collar if it had slipped its collar on a busy road it could have caused serious injuries to anyone , all dogs should be kept strictly under control especially on beaches where children should be allowed to walk without fear of attack. There are also seals on the beech atbFilby and dogs have been known to kill seals

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    blister

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • derek. Try reading the story, particularly the 2nd paragraph...

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    Lord Elf

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Why was the dog not on a lead, then it would not have gone into the sea, wasting Lifeboat time rescuing it.

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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