RNLI New Brighton were called out to reports of a dog and its owner in the River Mersey today during rough seas.
A large wave had swept away the dog into the sea as it ran onto a slipway in New Brighton.
The dog was near the sea wall just off the coast and the waves were coming back off the sea wall which meant the dog was struggling to keep its head above the water.
RNLI New Brighton launched and it was discovered that the dogs owner did not go in to the sea and that other teams helping in the rescue, Marine Fire One, Merseyside Fire & Rescue craft, had reached the scene first and taken the dog on board.
The dog and its owner were taken to the Pier Head in Liverpool where the dog was taken to a vet.
Dave Hicks Helmsman in charge of the lifeboat commented “This was probably one of the most difficult launches I have experienced.
“We were very close to the sea wall and taking a real battering by the incoming waves.
“Its conditions like this when the RNLI training really comes into its own and enable our crews to successfully negotiate and handle potentially life threatening conditions”.
Oscar the dog is on a drip and antibiotics but he is expected to make a full recovery.