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Dramatic lifeboat rescue as dog takes a dip at Barry Island

The husky was swimming in deep water some distance offshore. Credit: RNLI

A husky taking a dip in the sea at Barry Island on Saturday had to be rescued after getting into difficulties.

The dog's owners alerted Coastguard that their dog was in distress and couldn't swim to shore.

Credit: RNLI

In a dramatic rescue the Barry Dock lifeboat was launched to help the husky, who was swimming in deep water.

The volunteers encouraged the dog to swim toward the shore using a smaller boarding boat.

They the encouraged the dog back up the steep rock face to be reunited with its much relieved owners.

Credit: RNLI

As we approach summer time we’ll see more people enjoying the wonderful Welsh coastline many accompanied by their dogs.

We’d encourage them to stay away from unsafe rocks as they can be slippery and challenging underfoot even for dogs. In particular we’d ask people not to venture off signposted public footpaths but enjoy the coastline whilst staying safe.

– Martin Bowmer, Barry Dock Lifeboat Coxswain