There is nothing better than enjoying a lovely walk with your dog at the coast taking in sea air, grabbing some exercise and enjoying time with your friends and family.  However, lifeboat crews and HM Coastguard Teams are regularly called out to rescue dogs that have entered the water for one reason or another sometimes their owners will enter the water to try and rescue them too. In 2017 crews were launched 91 times to incidents involved dog walkers.  To keep yourself safe whilst enjoying that walk here are some top safety tips:

  • Keep your dog on a lead if you are close to cliff tops/edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your dog enters the water or gets stuck in mud, don’t go in after them. Re-locate to a place of safety and call them – it is highly likely that your dog will get to safety themselves
  • If you’re worried about your doggie, dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard straight away, every second counts.

Take a look at this compilation of RNLI dog rescues from 2018 Credit RNLI


The above video shows a lady walking her dog along the beach being rescued by the RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew after getting stuck in mud in February 2019. HM Coastguard Crosby were tasked but were stood down en route.

From time to time our Community Safety Team runs coastal dog safety events around the Thanet coast sharing safety advice and giving out free doggie treats. Keep tuned to our social media channels to find out when they are taking place. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.