Date: Sunday 31st August 2008
Wind: SE 1-2
Visibility: Poor due to heavy rain
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1540hrs
Time of return: 1640hrs
Boats launched: ILB + ALB
Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Amble ILB, after they recieved a call from a local fisherman, stating he had rescued a dog from the sea approximately 3/4 mile SSE of Amble. He informed the Coastguard that the dog had a collar on stating it was tagged, so, concerned that the dog my have come from a vessel in difficulty, the ILB was requested to launch to go collect the dog and return it to shore where a vet could retrieve the owners details from the tag. With the misty conditions and extremely heavy rain reducing visibilty to 200m, Amble ALB was also launched to escort the ILB.
Just as the ILB reached the fishing boat and collected the dog, Amble Coastguard informed them that they had located a distressed lady on the beach who had lost her dog, matching the description of the one rescued from the sea, about 1hr earlier.
The ILB returned to station with the dog, where the Coastguard collected it to be checked over by a vet, before being re-united with its owner.
The ALB and ILB were then made ready for service.