RNLI teams rescue pier-leap pitbull

RNLI crew members rescued a pit bull from the sea in County Durham after the dog jumped into the water from a pier. They stopped its owner from jumping in to save the dog at Seaham on Saturday.

A passer-by had called 999. The Seaham Coastguard Rescue Team and the Sunderland RNLI inshore lifeboat crew pulled the dog to safety.

"The owner was worried about her pet and told emergency services that she was going to enter the water to try to rescue her dog.

"This is something we strongly advise against, as you are likely to get into difficulty yourself.

"We find that most dogs manage to get themselves back to shore safe and well, but some owners do not.

"We'd also encourage owners to keep their pets on a lead. But if they do enter the water or fall down a cliff edge, please call 999 straight away and ask for the Coastguard."

– Graham Dawson, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard

"Although primarily we are here to rescue human life we are happy for our assistance to be extended to animals, particularly as it can be so tempting for owners to enter the water putting themselves in a great amount of danger."

– Helmsman Ian Rowan