Rescued from wuff seas

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Lifeboat crews were scrambled to rescue two unusual casualties struggling off the coast of Fleetwood.

Dogs Dixie and Shadow were picked up more than a mile from the shore of the port 
after getting cut off by the tide.

Coastguard crews were alerted at around 3pm on Thursday afternoon after the labradors were spotted by a watch team at Rossall Observation Point.

Lifeboat crews have said the dogs, which had been 
reported missing earlier in the day from a home on Lowther Road, Fleetwood, might not have made the mile-long swim back.

Coxswain Paul Ashworth said: “The dogs were struggling to swim in the very choppy sea. They wouldn’t have made it. They must have gone out chasing seagulls. They were a couple of miles from the shore and swimming back but got tired.”

Two volunteer crewmen, Skip Frith and Ian Ellarby, were guided to the dogs, a golden and a chocolate labrador, by the team at the observation point. Coxswain Paul added: “There’s some dog lovers here, luckily.”

Crews said the dogs were in a healthy condition but were happy to make it back to dry land by around 4pm.

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said: “They were two lovely labradors. Rossall Observation called saying they could see them stranded and tired. Fleetwood coastguard rescue team, the inshore lifeboat from the RNLI went out.”

The dogs were reunited with their owner by the lifeboat crew and Wyre Council’s dog warden, who had the missing pair reported to the service earlier in the day.