Video: Dog rescued by Happisburgh Lifeboat after being swept out by tide at Sea Palling

The dog safely back in the lifeboat after being rescued by crew from Happisburgh lifeboat. Picture: RNLI /Happisburgh Lifeboat The dog safely back in the lifeboat after being rescued by crew from Happisburgh lifeboat. Picture: RNLI /Happisburgh Lifeboat

Sunday, December 22, 2013
6:44 PM

A pet pooch was reunited with its owners after being swept out to sea by the tide at Sea Palling.

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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.

Lucky Lab Quila safe at home after being rescued from Sea Palling reef by Happisburgh lifeboat

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.”

■ Are you, or do you know, the owners of the rescued dog? Email or call 01263 513453.

Video: RNLI. There is no audio on this video.


  • Good work chaps!!

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    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • wonderful story, had tears in my eyes watching the love and care given to that dog, you guys are awesome

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    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Thank you for being such heroes, great work x

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    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Awww what brilliant news to hear he is now safe - thank you guys, you do a fantastic job xx

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    Roberta Lioness Bown

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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