ROXI the dog made a splash for all the wrong seasons after she was taken on an afternoon walk.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was being walked along North Pier in Seaham when she fell into the water below.
Owner Lyn Walker, who was walking Roxi along the pier with husband Robert, 61, and son Alex, eight, on Saturday, frantically called for help.
Lifeboat crews were scrambled to get to the scene, but Roxi managed to get to some nearby rocks before being rescued by volunteers a short time later.
Lyn, 51, said: “It was awful because Roxi has never swam in her life and she just disappeared. It was horrendous. We were so worried.”
Thankfully the pooch was unscathed from the ordeal and is recovering at her Washington home.
“I can’t believe she hasn’t hurt herself more because it was higher than a house, the height she fell,” added Lyn.
“She kept being washed off the rocks and the water was so cold.
“It seemed like forever that it took to get her back, she must’ve been in the water for 20 minutes. We want to thank everybody who helped, not just the emergency services, because other people were there too.” The incident happened shortly before 1pm on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “The male and female owners of the dog were very worried so we dispatched a lifeboat from Sunderland and Seaham Coastguard Rescue Team.”