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September 3/4, 2004
Dogs rescued from Bridgwater Bay

Burnham-On-Sea D-Class lifeboatBurnham-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat was called out on two successive days to rescue dogs in Bridgwater Bay amid concerns that their owners would enter the fast-flowing water to rescue their pets.

On Friday September 3 the lifeboat was called out at 10:00am after the coastguard was alerted by Burnham's Beach Warden that a dog was swimming almost half a mile out in Bridgwater Bay.

Soon after reaching the slipway, the craft was stood down when the animal was coaxed back to the shore.

On the following day, Saturday September 4, the D-class lifeboat was again called out - this time just after 11:00am - when it was launched into Bridgwater Bay to try and help the animal.

Just before reaching the incident scene near Burnham-On-Sea's beach lighthouse, the dog came ashore and the lifeboat was stood down.

On both occasions the lifeboat was quickly returned to the RNLI station so that it was ready for any further launches.

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