Emergency crews rescue stranded dog

RNLI lifeboats, the fire service and the Coastguard were all involved in rescuing a dog stranded on a beach in Sunderland.

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Lifeboat crew statement on dog rescue

Ben Mitchell, Crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat said:

"There was a lot of risk involved in the majority of our options which would put our crewman in danger.

"One particularly large wave seemed to pick up the dog and wash it further towards the promenade, at this point we became increasingly concerned as the waves seemed more violent in that location.

"However, the two coastguard officers on the promenade were able to then coax the dog to swim towards them and effect an excellent rescue of the dog up onto the safety of the promenade."

– Ben Mitchell, Crewman at Sunderland Lifeboat

Dog rescued off Sunderland coast

Emergency services were out in force to rescue a dog that had become stranded on Roker seafront in Sunderland.

Two inshore lifeboats were called out, and two firefighters began abseiling 30 feet down the sea wall to rescue the labrador.

Here's some RNLI lifeboat video footage of the rescue operation:

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Emergency crews rescue dog from beach

The black labrador had become stranded on a tiny patch of beach at the foot of the sea wall. Credit: ITV

Fire crews, two lifeboats and the Coastguard were all involved in rescuing a dog that had become stranded by the rising tide.

The black labrador was stuck on a tiny strip of beach at the foot of the 'Cat and Dog steps' at Roker seafront in Sunderland.

Two inshore lifeboats from Sunderland were called out, and two firefighters began abseiling 30 feet down the sea wall to rescue the dog. But before they were able to reach it, it was swept into the water.

It was carried by the tide towards a member of the Coastguard, who was standing on the steps and managed to grab it. It was carried to safety, uninjured, and returned to its owner.

Crowds gathered at Roker seafront to watch the rescue. Credit: ITV
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