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A Christmas miracle: Dog swept out to sea saved by lifeguards on training exercise

Her distraught owner searched with two kayakers for the dog but had no success - leaving the owner to break the news to his wife

This is the moment a lucky Labrador was rescued from certain death by a lifeboat crew after being swept out to sea.

The poor pooch was out walking with its owner on Sea Palling beach, in Norfolk, when it was carried off by a strong wave.

Her distraught owner searched with two kayakers for the dog but had no success - leaving the owner to break the news to his wife.

But luckily the coastguard managed to contact the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers who happened to be on a training exercise.

The Labrador is rescued from certain death. (SWNS)

The crew from Happisburgh, Norfolk, was diverted and started a search for the missing dog.

At half a mile out to sea the volunteers were about to give up the search but then they suddenly heard barking coming from the terrified pet shaking on rocks on a reef.

This heart-warming video shows the crew coaxing the animal across the reef and into one of the crew member's arms to carry it safety in the boat.

They tried to keep her warm as they returned to Sea Palling beach where they wrapped the dog in a blanket and took her back to their lifeboat station.

The Labrador is comforted by a member of the rescue team. (SWNS)

She was then reunited with her owners.

An RNLI spokesman said: "We are sure this will make their Christmas much more enjoyable with the return of their pet.

"We believe the Labrador was a nursing mother so this rescue will make a great difference to her pups."
 

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