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Sunday, December 22, 2013
A pet pooch was reunited with its owners after being swept out to sea by the tide at Sea Palling.
The lucky Labrador was rescued by crew from Happisburgh Lifeboat, who were at sea on a training exercise when the call came in this morning.
The four-legged friend was swept out by the tide at around 8.30am. The distraught owner had searched for the female dog with the help of two kayakers, but was unable to find it.
They informed the coastguard and the owner returned home to Sea Palling to tell his wife the sad news.
Both Happisburgh lifeboats were at sea when the call came in and the crews split up to search the waters, with the Spirit of Berkhampstead heading to the reefs, while the Douglas Paley went half a mile offshore.
Sea Palling’s independent lifeboat was also called and joined in the search.
After some time the team on the Spirit of Berkhampstead heard barking and so crewman Will Baker was set down on the reef to search for the dog.
He found the missing pet, cold, wet and frightened but unhurt at the bottom of the reef. Fellow crewman Sean Ferguson then helped him coax and carry the dog, believed to have been a nursing mother, back to the waiting lifeboat.
They rushed back to Sea Palling beach where members of Sea Palling Lifeboat wrapped the dog in a blanket and took her back to their station, before contacting the owner.
The rescue was a first for Jake Munday as a helmsman having only “passed out” last Thursday.
He said: “This was one lucky dog, just grateful to be in the right place at the right time.”
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