Lifeboat warns coastal walkers to be careful in bad weather

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A death of a pet dog after it was washed off the Promenade in Peacehaven has prompted Newhaven Lifeboat to warn people to be careful near the sea.

The animal’s owners were on the Promenade south of Steyning Avenue on Sunday December 16 when the tragedy happened.

The launch was requested by Coastguards to stop the distraught owners entering the choppy sea to recover their beloved pet.

A spokesperson for Newhaven Lifeboat said: “The dog was near one of the of ramps on the beach where there is a break in the sea wall and I think the waves came up through it on the slipway.

“On this occasion the people walking their dog were just very unlucky.

“The wind was dropping and the conditions weren’t very rough.

“People need to be cautious about going on to the Promenade in bad weather because it can be quite dangerous and the waves aren’t all the same.

“It’s not uncommon to have large waves that can be hazardous.”

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3.05pm where the dog was about 40 feet from shore, but was unable to recover the animal initially, due to the falling tide and shallow water.

A crew member with a dry suit on entered the water with a safety line attached and swum the short distance to the dead dog.

The crew member and the dog were then recovered.

The lifeboat returned to station at 3.55pm where the owners collected their pet and thanked the lifeboat crew for their efforts.