DOG GETS STUCK AT SEA AF­TER MIS­TAK­ING LOB­STER POT BUOY FOR A BALL

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A LIFEBOAT crew came to the res­cue of this Labrador who mis­took a lob­ster pot’s buoy for a ball and got stranded at sea.

With four-year-old Ol­lie’s han­dler con­sid­er­ing go­ing into the wa­ter to res­cue him af­ter he got his har­ness and col­lar stuck on the buoy, a lifeboat was called.

They were on the scene at Rocky Coast, Holy­head, in min­utes and found Ol­lie, who had been stuck for 20 min­utes, strug­gling to keep his head above wa­ter.

As the lifeboat ap­proached he turned his head to face the ves­sel, which freed him from the buoy. De­spite be­ing tired, he was able to swim back to shore.

RNLI crew mem­ber Beth Wilkin­son said: “The per­son walk­ing Ol­lie did ex­actly the right thing not to put them­selves at risk by try­ing to res­cue him. We would en­cour­age pet own­ers not to en­ter the wa­ter but to call 999.”

Ol­lie’s owner Gwen Scott, who was not there dur­ing the in­ci­dent at 8.30pm on Mon­day, said: “I can’t thank the RNLI enough.”

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