A black Labrador had to be rescued from the freezing sea after the dog ran into the sea chasing after a ball. On March 11 afternoon, pet dog Shaddah was walking near Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, when he fell into the water fetching a ball.
The strong waves pulled him in 200 yards from the beach and the dog was unable to get back. The Coastguard and RNLI were informed about the incident and they immediately rushed out to sea to retrieve the pooch. At 3.26 pm, Blyth RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat headed south towards Seaton Sluice after being alerted about the stranded pooch. The volunteer started their search after reaching the spot some ten minutes later, luckily, the dog was spotted by Blyth coastguard workers and rescued by the lifeguards.
Footage filmed by the workers shows the volunteer crew racing against the waves to rescue Shaddah, slowing the speedboat on approaching him and calling for the tired dog before pulling him aboard.
The crew made their short way back to Seaton Sluice coast where the pooch was reunited with his grateful owner. Talking to the media, Blyth RNLI Lifeboat and Operations Manager Barry Pearson said they were pleased with the “outcome of this shout"and are glad “to hear that Shraddha is making a full recovery from his ordeal."
RNLI requested pet parents to contact coastguards by dialing 999 if their pets are swept out to sea instead of trying to rescue them themselves adding that Shaddah’s owner had done the right thing.
Blyth Coastguard spokesperson explained their team was paged on Thursday by Humber Coastguard to assist in locating a dog who had entered the water to retrieve its ball. The team arrived on the scene, located the dog approximately 200 m offshore. “The team were able to contact RNLI, Blyth Lifeboat to get them to the dog’s position so that they could get him aboard. The dog was safely returned to shore to be reunited with his owner."