The RNLI has issued a safety message about walking dogs along the coast after a dog was rescued at Dawlish.
On Sunday 23rd December emergency services received a 999 call concerning a dog that had fallen into the water at Red Rock, Dawlish. Exmouth's lifeboat was launched a black dog called Ted was pulled out of the sea and handed back to his owner.
The RNLI says if you're walking along the coast, please use a lead no matter how familiar your dog is with the area. The most well-trained dogs can easily slip and fall off cliff tops and into the sea.
If your dog does fall into water, do not attempt to rescue the animal yourself. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.