A Norfolk lifeboat crew has received a hero award after saving the life of a distressed dog that was swept out to sea just before Christmas.

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Happisburgh’s RNLI team was handed the accolade by animal rights campaign group PETA, following their rescue of Labrador Quila, who was pulled out by the tide at Sea Palling.

The crew were on a training exercise when they got the call on December 22 and began searching the water for the eight-year-old pooch.

They found Quila cowering on a reef and after bringing her back to safety she was reunited with her delighted owners.

Dog rescued by Happisburgh lifeboat crew
Their efforts have now earned the crew PETA’s Hero to Animals award, and were praised for their skill and devotion to duty.

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA associate director, said: “By remaining calm and determined, the lifeboat crew saved the life of a terrified animal who may have been within minutes of drowning.

“Happisburgh and the surrounding communities are fortunate to have public servants who are willing to put their own safety on the line to protect all residents, whether on two legs or four.”

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