Two people had to be rescued by coastguards after going in to the sea to rescue their dogs – one of which is still missing.
A 999 emergency call was made at 4pm yesterday (Monday) reporting that two people had entered the water and got into difficulties, after trying to rescue their two dogs in Seaford Bay.
The Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to the scene, along with the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat. One person made their own way back to shore and the other was brought back with the aid of a coastguard rescue swimmer.
The two dog owners were checked by paramedics. They were very cold but did not need to go to hospital.
One of the dogs made their own way back to shore. A search was conducted for the other dog but the animal remains missing.
Aaron Daniel, Maritime Operations Officer for the Coastguard, said, “If your dog gets into difficulty in the water you should not try to rescue the animal, as you are likely to get into difficulty yourself.
“Dog walkers should consider keeping their dogs on a lead when walking at the coast. If your dog does get into trouble along the coast you should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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