Struggling dog saved from the sea by surfer

A dog was helped to safety after it got into difficulties when it went into the sea off Sunderland.

Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 9:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th September 2018, 3:36 pm
The incident happened in Roker earlier this evening.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were called out just before 6.30pm today after they were alerted by a report that the pet may be in some trouble out in the water.

The incident happened off Marine Walk in Roker, in between the two piers.

A spokesman said: "Luckily for the pup a nearby surfer was able to get the dog safely back to shore and out of danger as we were proceeding.

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"With this information we were free to return to station.

"If you love dogs like we do please ensure you keep them on a leash around cliffs and water.

"Conditions can be far worse than you realise and it's very easy for an animal to disappear over a ledge you haven't seen or be washed out in a current you weren't aware of."