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Stranded dog rescued by lifeboat off Norfolk coast

A dog has been rescued by an RNLI lifeboat team after her owners feared she had been swept out to sea off Sea Palling in Norfolk.

The owners had seen the dog get swept out of sight and had feared the worst when an initial search by kayakers proved unsuccessful.

However, a search by the Happisburgh lifeboat crew eventually discovered the Golden Labrador barking on a reef just off the coast.

The crew managed to coax her into their boat and returned her to her owners on the beach.

They believe the dog had pups, so were delighted they were able to save her.

Watch the rescue video below, courtesy of the RNLI:


RNLI issue high-tide danger warning

The RNLI have issued warnings about the dangers of high tides after a series of rescues along the North Norfolk coast.

The RNLI say this weekend will see some of the highest tides of the year and are concerned people could find themselves cut off by the sea if they are not aware of the risks.

Malcolm Robertson's report contains flashing images.

Lifeboat crews issue weekend warning after two call outs

Wells lifeboat in action
Wells all weather lifeboat comes to rescue of a boat in trouble Credit: Wells Lifeboat

Wells lifeboat crew have urged the public to check tides and sea conditions before venturing out following two call outs this weekend.

The all-weather lifeboat was summoned to help a pleasure craft with steering problems about a mile off the Norfolk coast yesterday. The boat was towed to safety.

In a separate incident the inshore boat rescued a woman dog walker who was cut off by the tide. No-one was hurt in either incident.

Lifeboat launches up despite dismal summer

Lifeboat crews in Suffolk were called out more than twice as many times this summer compared to last year, according to figures released today by the RNLI.

Among the calls were a dramatic rescue in Lowestoft and a callout under the roughest recorded weather conditions in Aldeburgh.

Lifeboat stations in Essex and Norfolk have been very busy too which a 16% rise in launches across the region.

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East Anglian lifeboats called out on more rescues

Lifeboat stations in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were called out more than 300 times over the summer, a 16% rise on summer 2011. The region bucked the national trend which saw a small fall in call-outs to the RNLI.

Call-outs from East Anglian RNLI stations in summer 2012

  • Hunstanton - 26 (up 225%)
  • Wells-Next-The-Sea - 9 (down 31%)
  • Sheringham - 2 (down 60%)
  • Cromer - 7 (up 40%)
  • Happisburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Great Yarmouth - 17 (up 42%)
  • Lowestoft - 16 (up 167%)
  • Southwold - 7 (down 22%)
  • Aldeburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Harwich - 43 (up 5%)
  • Walton & Frinton - 10 (down 9%)
  • Clacton-on-Sea - 20 (down 31%)
  • West Mersea - 27 (down 37%)
  • Burnham-on-Crouch - 21 (down 13%)
  • Southend-on-Sea - 71 (up 16%)

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Need a lifeguard? There's an app for that

The RNLI has launched a new mobile app to help people enjoying the seaside to locate a lifeguard.

The new app locates the user’s position and then lists the nearest lifeguarded beaches, as well as providing important information specific to each beach.

RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling nine of Norfolk's beaches this summer and for more information on the app and beach patrol times, check out the RNLI website

Boat survivor tells of dramatic rescue

by Malcolm Robertson

A survivor rescued from a diving boat as it sank suddenly off the Suffolk coast has been reliving the terrifying moment when he realised he was trapped on board.

The man only escaped after swimming through an open window. He and ten others on board were pulled from the water by the Lowestoft lifeboat crew, who happened to be training nearby.The lifeboat cox said he'd never seen a boat sink so fast. Malcolm Robertson reports.

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