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Lifeguard rescued stranded dog from beach in Sunderland

Credit: RNLI

A lifeguard rescued a stranded dog from 'Cats and Dogs' beach in Sunderland yesterday.

Gertie the Jack Russell had chased some birds into the sea, but then got stuck on a rock.

RNLI lifeguard Joe Wilson spotted Gertie after he heard her owners shouting. He waded out to the rock she was stuck on - where she was up to her chest in water and too scared to swim.

Joe then carried Gertie back to shore and her grateful owners.

He said: "She was stressed and shaking when I reached her but seemed very happy to see me. Our charity’s lifeguards assist with animal rescues to prevent owners from putting themselves in danger. We were very happy to get Gertie’s paws back on dry land and offered her owners some friendly safety advice about tide times."