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Byline: New Brighton’s lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-837 ‘Charles Dibdin’ plus RNLI Beach Lifeguard on a jetski were launched to a report from HM Coastguard of a dog and possible human in the water in the area off from ‘The Gunsight’ on the Leasowe shore.
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It was a fine day with clear weather,
sea conditions calm and the tide had recently turned.

Senior Helmsman at New
Brighton Dave Lowe reported ‘ 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.’

The
dogs name was Martha a 10 year old Golden Retriever who likes to go
for a swim and this time was caught by the strength of the out going
tide which rapidly swept her out to sea.

Dave Lowe continued ‘We took an extra crewman as the initial report
included the possibility of the owner being in the water attempting
to rescue Martha, fortunately she had been dissuaded by local
Coastguard officers on the scene otherwise we would have had two
rescues on our hands. We understand how much owners care for their
pets however we cannot stress highly enough that if an animal does
end up in the sea that the owner should not go in after them. In many
cases the animal manages to get back on the shore unaided but the human
doesn’t, often resulting in fatality.’

Ian Thornton, Deputy
Launch Authority at New Brighton who oversaw the RNLI operation from
shore commented ‘This is the second dog rescue in recent weeks with the strong potential of the owners going in to the sea to attempt a rescue, fortunately this time it did not end in tragedy. It also follows on
from a series of call outs to assist dog walkers who have been cut
off by the tide in recent months. We cannot stress once again the
importance of knowing the local tide times. In this area the tides come in
fast via gullies so people end up cut off from shore several hours before high
tide. When high tide is passed then the tide retreats equally quickly
with many strong and dangerous currents ready to sweep humans and
animals away.’

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Notes
to Editors

Photographs:
Primary: Martha with rescue crew on the lifeboat

Station
website: http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk/

RNLI
Media Contacts

For
more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton
Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 – email
bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations
Manager North on 07786 668912

Byline: New Brighton's lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-837 'Charles Dibdin' plus RNLI Beach Lifeguard on a jetski were launched to a report from HM Coastguard of a dog and possible human in the water in the area off from 'The Gunsight' on the Leasowe shore.
Page Content: It was a fine day with clear weather, sea conditions calm and the tide had recently turned.

Senior Helmsman at New Brighton Dave Lowe reported ' 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.'

The dogs name was Martha a 10 year old Golden Retriever who likes to go for a swim and this time was caught by the strength of the out going tide which rapidly swept her out to sea.

Dave Lowe continued 'We took an extra crewman as the initial report included the possibility of the owner being in the water attempting to rescue Martha, fortunately she had been dissuaded by local Coastguard officers on the scene otherwise we would have had two rescues on our hands. We understand how much owners care for their pets however we cannot stress highly enough that if an animal does end up in the sea that the owner should not go in after them. In many cases the animal manages to get back on the shore unaided but the human doesn't, often resulting in fatality.'

Ian Thornton, Deputy Launch Authority at New Brighton who oversaw the RNLI operation from shore commented 'This is the second dog rescue in recent weeks with the strong potential of the owners going in to the sea to attempt a rescue, fortunately this time it did not end in tragedy. It also follows on from a series of call outs to assist dog walkers who have been cut off by the tide in recent months. We cannot stress once again the importance of knowing the local tide times. In this area the tides come in fast via gullies so people end up cut off from shore several hours before high tide. When high tide is passed then the tide retreats equally quickly with many strong and dangerous currents ready to sweep humans and animals away.'

END

Notes to Editors
Photographs:
Primary: Martha with rescue crew on the lifeboat

Station website: http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk/

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912