Dog mistakes buoy for ball: Holyhead rescue follows

Ollie is no worse off after his ordeal. Credit: Gwen Scott

Ollie the dog's passion for chasing balls ended with him needing rescue by the RNLI.

He and his owner had been out for a walk on a spot known locally as Rocky Coast about a mile west of Holyhead RNLI lifeboat station.

He had been chasing a ball and mistook a lobster pot buoy for a ball and swam out to try and retrieve it but got his chest harness and collar stuck.

Holyhead RNLI’s volunteer inshore lifeboat crew found the dog, which had been stuck on the buoy for about 20 minutes, tired and beginning to struggle to keep his head above water.

As the lifeboat approached Ollie, he turned his head to face the boat, which freed him from the buoy and despite being tired he was able to swim back to shore, under a watchful escort from the lifeboat crew.