Lifeboat crew warns pet owners after fisherman rescues stranded dog off Norfolk coast

Hemsby Lifeboat worked with a local fishing vessel to save a dog, and a member of the public who'd t

Hemsby Lifeboat worked with a local fishing vessel to save a dog, and a member of the public who'd tried to assist, from drowning off Winterton beach. Photo: Hemsby Lifeboat - Credit: Archant

A lifeboat crew has warned owners to keep pets under control after a local fisherman battled rough conditions to save a stranded dog.

Hemsby Lifeboat responded to reports at 1.40pm on Monday that a large Spaniel swam out too far at Winterton beach and was struggling to get back to shore.

A member of the public had waded in after the dog.

A local fishing vessel then managed to bring the dog and member of the public back to the beach, only for the dog to run off into the village as soon as they returned to shore.

The lifeboat team, who were present on scene but whose assistance was fortunately not required, were later told the dog was seen “running free” through Winterton.

It has issued a stark warning in response to the incident.

In a statement, the lifeboat service said: “This time things turned out well for the dog and member of the public.

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“But a loose dog not under the control of its owner presents a significant risk and, in these conditions, potential loss of life.

“Think twice before taking a risk with your own life, or encouraging others to risk theirs by leaving your dogs in difficulty, and make sure your pets are secure and not able to escape.”