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Footage shows dog's dramatic rescue from sea

This video shows the dramatic moment a golden retriever had to be rescued from the water after being swept half a mile out to sea while playing on the shoreline.

Ten-year-old Martha had been with her owner on the beach in Leasowe in Merseyside and was paddling in the water when she was caught out by a strong current.

And with the strength of the outgoing tide, the dog was rapidly swept out to sea:

Credit: RNLI / Bob Warwick

When both craft reached the scene and after a search we eventually found the dog about 1/2 mile from shore and being rapidly swept out to sea on the outgoing tide.

Although sea conditions were calm it was still very difficult to spot the dog. When we eventually reached her we just managed to get hold of her collar then got her into the lifeboat.

Although she had been swimming well she was cold and shivering and we wrapped her up in survival bag and calmed her down then took her to the lifeboat station where we were met by her very relieved owner.

– Dave Lowe, The lifeboat's senior helmsman