Skegness RNLI lifeboat team rescues dog swept 300 yards out to sea

RNLI Skegness crew member Billy Harrison with Storm after the rescue. Photo by RNLI.
RNLI Skegness crew member Billy Harrison with Storm after the rescue. Photo by RNLI.

The Skegness inshore lifeboat crew saved a terrified dog that was struggling to stay afloat over 300 yards offshore on Saturday afternoon.

The lifeboat was launched after the family pet went missing in the sea off Central Beach.

The Staffordshire bull terrier, Storm, was soon spotted clinging to a kite surfer, who came across the terrified dog shortly before the crew arrived.

Inshore lifeboat Helmsman Dean Sumner maneouvered the lifeboat close to the terrified animal and he was taken aboard.

Dean said: ’The poor dog was absolutely exhausted by the time we had reached him - once the kite surfer let go he bobbed below the surface and that was when we were able to grab him. He was very cold and my team were able to quickly warm him up and bring him round.’

Storm (pictured with crew member Billy Harrison) made a full recovery after a warm shower back at the RNLI boathouse.

Dean said: Storm’s owner did the very best thing by calling the Coastguard for help. The worst thing owners can do in these situations is enter the water to help.”