Coastguard called to rescue black Labrador dragged out to sea by a rip current

Coastguard teams were called to reports that a black Labrador has been swept out to sea by a rip cu

Coastguard teams were called to reports that a black Labrador has been swept out to sea by a rip current at Lowestoft South Beach. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. - Credit: Archant

A coastguard team were called into action after a black Labrador become caught in a rip current and was dragged out to sea.

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold attended the incident, at Lowestoft South Beach, just after 12pm, on Friday, September 1.

Humber Coastguard Operations Centre paged the team following concerns that the dog's owners had entered the water in an attempt to rescue their pet.

A member of public had called the centre after watching the frantic owner on the shore and becoming concerned.

However, upon the team's arrival the dog had managed to free itself from the current and had returned to the shore.

A Coastguard spokesman said: 'It seems as though the dog managed to self recover without the owners entering the water.'

The incident is the second dog rescue the team have attended within a week.

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On Wednesday, August 30, they recovered a dog which had fallen off Pakefield Cliffs, near Lowestoft.

The dog was reunited with its owners 'safe and well'.

Coastguard rescue officer David Burwood called the high volume of dog-related callouts 'unusual'.

He said: 'We don't normally get called out to the beach to rescue dogs – it's usually in the rivers they get stuck.'

The rescue officer went on to give advice to dog owners on how to ensure they keep their pets safe when visiting the beach.

Mr Burwood said: 'The main thing is to make sure you pay attention to the sea.'

'Look out for large calm areas of the sea among the breaking waves and keep your dog away from them.

'The areas which look calmest hold the most dangers for dogs as this is where the current is.'

He added: 'It can actually be safer for dogs among the waves that look rougher as the rip current is usually in the calm areas.'

Rip currents are narrow jets of water that move away from the beach and into the ocean.

It is not just canines falling victim to the quick flowing and unpredictable currents.

On Thursday, August 31, Lowestoft lifeguards rescued an individual on a dingy caught in the currents and being taken out to sea.

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