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September 25 2015.

Newhaven’s relief Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB Daniel L Gibson’ and her volunteer crew were launched yesterday at 6:45pm to search for a dog that had swum out to sea off Tidemills.

The alarm was raised following a 999 call from the family of the pet dog ‘Misty’ who had entered the water and then lost her bearings and kept swimming out to sea.

Newhaven lifeboat was quickly launched and two crew were readied in dry suits along with its inflatable Y boat.

The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and two crewmen entered the water to assist Misty, who was by this time struggling to swim and at a high risk of drowning. One of the lifeboat crew managed to grab Misty who was confused and frightened. During the rescue the crew member suffered a bite.

An exhausted Misty was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the wheel house where she quickly calmed down. The lifeboat returned to station where it was met by Coastguards and Misty’s relieved owner.

An exhausted Misty was then taken to an emergency vet and the crewman to an out of hour’s doctor. 

The Coastguards offer great advice: “If your dog gets into trouble in the sea do not attempt a self-rescue. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. A team of properly equipped properly trained professionals will respond immediately with access to Lifeboats and Helicopters”

The lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service shortly afterwards.