The RNLI have said that a woman is lucky to be alive after she entered the sea in Scarborough to rescue her dog.
The Coastguard was called out at 5.43pm yesterday to reports of a woman in the water near the Spa complex, during peak tide.
The RNLI were fortunately already out in the inshore lifeboat on exercise and attended the scene in minutes, where they found the woman clinging onto a lifebelt which had been thrown to her by a member of the public.
She was also clutching her small dog she had been trying to rescue.
Helmsman Matt Marks, said: “The casualty was clinging to the lifebelt and starting to go under because of the backwash from the Spa wall."
The crew managed to pull the woman and the dog from the water and take them to the beach where an ambulance was waiting. She was taken to hospital for treatment.
John Senior, lifeboat operations manager, said: “We are delighted that this service had a positive outcome but we can’t stress too much or too often how important it is not to try and rescue animals that have entered the sea, as they nearly always manage to make their own way out unaided."