At 10.42am, on Tuesday 26 June 2018, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after reports of a dog in difficulty in the water at South Beach, Troon.
Belfast Coastguard had been informed that the dog had swum out to sea and could no longer be seen or heard. Concerned that the dogs owner or other members of the public would enter the water, the D Class inshore lifeboat
Sheena and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to the scene.
The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and quickly launched the inshore lifeboat to the assist.
On arrival at South Beach it was confirmed by the lifeboat crew that the dog had returned to its owner on the beach and that no persons had entered the water.
With this information, the inshore lifeboat was able to return to station where it was made 'Ready for Service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
Troon Lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: 'If your dog does go into the water, don't go after them. Move to a safe place and call them - they'll probably get out by themselves.'
'If this doesn't work, please don’t get yourself into danger, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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