Lifeboat crewman plucks tiny terrier to safety

Heartwarming moment lifeboat crewman plucks tiny terrier to safety after it is stranded by rising tide

  • Bella the terrier struggled to swim to safety in high tide at Weston-super-Mare
  • RNLI crewman waded through the tide to pluck her out and bring her to dry land
  • After a quick towel dry, the dog has since been reunited with its owner 

This is the adorable moment a Highland terrier is rescued by RNLI crewman.

The crew waded through high tide to rescue the dog as it struggled to swim to safety after being cut off by the tide. 

Bella the terrier can be seen desperately paddling along the sea wall to keep herself afloat, as the RNLI lifeboat crew approached her on Saturday afternoon.

Crew member David Ridout hopped out of the boat and had to wade through the water behind her to pluck her out and bring her back to dry land.

The RNLI crew, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, were called after a passer-by on packed Weston beach spotted Bella trapped by the flooding tide.


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Bella the Highland terrier had to be rescued when she struggled to swim to safety in high tide

 Bella the terrier can be seen desperately paddling along the sea wall to keep herself afloat

Weston Coastguard were also called to the site, by Knightstone Island, which was not accessible from the land.

Bella was brought back to the RNLI temporary lifeboat station, and then taken to the kennels.

The kennels had already been alerted that Bella had escaped from her home, and were able to reunite the dog with its owner.

RNLI crewman waded through the tide last Saturday afternoon in Weston-super-Mare

She was brought back to the RNLI temporary lifeboat station, and then taken to the kennels


The kennel were aware Bella had escaped from the kennel and they were able to reunite the dog with its owner

Mike Buckland, Lifeboat Operations manager at Weston RNLI station, said: ‘We only go and rescue animals to save others putting themselves at risk.

‘However, it is very satisfying when we do save an animal.

‘We always advise everyone to keep their dogs on a lead when near the sea, but this little one had escaped so there was no blame on the owner.’

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