The tiny Brussels Griffon was trapped in mud at Langstone Harbour, near Portsmouth. The tide was rising fast. See pictures of the dog's rescue here!
Doomed doggy, Mini Mouse, was spotted by two walkers struggling to get out of the thick mud at Langstone Harbour, near Portsmouth.
Concerned that the Brussels Griffon would drown as a result of the fast rising tide, the walkers contacted Southsea Marina.
Unable to assist themselves, marina security located the dog on CCTV and alerted the Solent Coastguard.
RNLI Portsmouth’s D Class lifeboat, Brian’s Pride, was launched just after 17.30 on 1 August.
On arrival, members of the crew were directed towards the stranded animal by the walkers.
They found the little dog exhausted and struggling to stand on the mud.
Helmsman Neil Maxwell guided the lifeboat close before directing the volunteer crew to walk the boat further into the shallows.
Up to his ankles, crewman Joshua Bowe waded across the thick mud, even falling to his knees to reach the distressed animal.
Bitten but undeterred, Bowe was able to cradle Mini Mouse and bring her back to the safety of the lifeboat.
Cold, shivering and covered in mud, the dog was rushed back to the RNLI station for a warming shower.
Meanwhile, the attending Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) attempted to contact the owner.
The two walkers, who had originally found Mini Mouse, told the CRT that they had met the dog’s owner at a local park.
The owner had been searching for the Brussels Griffon, which had been missing for over 24 hours.
Discovering the owner’s address, a coastguard unit picked her up and took her to the lifeboat station to be re-united with Mini Mouse.
The little Brussels Griffon was then taken to the vets for a check up.
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