Beloved pet rescued by Skegness RNLI volunteer crew
Monday 15 April 2013
Author: Adam Holmes
The crew of Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV were alerted shortly after 3pm on Saturday (13 April) after a family dog went missing whilst swimming in the sea off Central Beach.
The crew of the charity’s D class inshore lifeboat quickly launched and began searching an area approximately 300 yards off shore for the hapless pooch, the area in which its owner had last seen him.
The Staffordshire bull terrier, Storm, was soon spotted clinging to a kite surfer who had happened across the terrified dog shortly before the lifeboat arrived.
Inshore lifeboat Helmsman Dean Sumner manoeuvred the lifeboat close to the terrified animal and he was taken aboard.
Dean said: ’The poor dog was absolutely exhausted by the time we had reached him, once the kite surfer had let him go he bobbed below the surface and that was when we were able to grab him. He was very cold and other members of my team were able to quickly warm him up and bring him round a little.’
The lucky pet was taken back to the boat house with his owner where the crew gave Storm a warm shower and a thorough dry.
Dean went on to say: ’In this instance Storm’s owner did the very best thing by calling the Coastguard for help. The worst thing pet owners can do in these types of situation is enter the water to help their distressed animals, things can quickly go wrong and we don’t want people putting themselves in danger.’
Storm walked away from the boat house with his owner, shaken but OK.
Storm with one of his rescuers, volunteer crewman Billy Harrison. (RNLI/Skegness)