RNLI Lifeguards came to the aid of a tired dog last week after noticing it was struggling to swim back to shore.

Lifeguards Kieran Roberts and Guy Brooks came to the rescue of the chocolate labrador after noticing the dog was far out to sea and attempting to swim in but making little progress.

In order to check on the dog’s welfare, they two launched the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) with Kieran as helm and Brooks as crew.

The lifeguards were able to reach the dog quickly, who was really starting to struggle in the water.

Guy managed to scoop the dog into the IRB whilst Kieran kept the boat as steady as possible.

Both Kieran and Guy initially checked the dog was ok and reassured it with lots of strokes as they returned to shore.

As the boat pulled up to the sand, the lifeguards were met with a round of applause from on-lookers at the beach. The dog’s owners were very grateful to the lifeguards and delighted to have their dog returned to them safely.

Adam Harris, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: "The dog’s owners did absolutely the right thing by not attempting to go into the water after their dog.

"Instead they allowed the lifeguards, who are specially trained in rescue techniques and have the advantage of specialist equipment, to manage the situation.

"If you enter the water attempting to rescue an animal or person, you are directly putting yourself in danger and may need to be rescued yourself.

"Always remember to ask the lifeguards for help or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Across south Cornwall the beaches have seen a huge number of visitors during the past week thanks to half-term and some much-needed sunshine.

RNLI lifeguards deal with anything from missing children to water rescues.

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Adam Harris continued saying: "Lifeguards covering the beaches in south west Cornwall have been really busy due to the amount of people visiting the coast.

"As well as first aid incidents we have had a few board-rescues involving people getting caught in rip currents, especially at low-tide on beaches such as Praa Sands, Poldhu and Gyllyngvase.

"If you are planning to go in the water, don’t go in alone and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

"If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, try to stay calm.

"If you have a flotation device such as a body-board - keep hold of it as it will help you to float.

"Don’t try to swim against the rip current, if you can, swim parallel to the beach and always shout for help."

The RNLI’s key safety advice when walking dogs near the coast is:

• Keep dogs on a lead if you are close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.

• If your dog enters the water or gets stuck in the mud, do not go in after them. Move to a place they can get to safely and call them.

• If you are worried about your dog or cannot get them to safety, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.