A WARNING has gone out after two separate incidents involving dogs in the sea in Rhyl.

Rhyl inshore lifeboat and Rhyl Coastguards were called out two incidents on Tuesday, April 9. On both occasions, the owners tried to rescue the dogs themselves.

The first happened in waters off Rhyl Sky Tower just after 10am.

Coastguard rescue officers were able to retrieve the dog who was running around the area and reunited it with its owners.

A report was then received at about 7pm to a dog in difficulty.

A spokesperson for Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Rhyl Lifeboat also tasked.

“Station officer was immediately on scene and located casualty dog and first informant, who were all out of the water and safe by that point. So all units stood down.”

On both occasions, the dog owners dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard.

Rhyl Journal:

Stay safe while walking your dog. Picture: RNLI

Both Rhyl Lifeboat and the coastguard team are urging residents not to put themselves into danger when attempting to rescue a family pet from the water.

If a pet gets into the water or gets stuck in mud, owners should not go after them and instead move to a place the dog can get to safely then call out to the animal.

The spokesperson from Rhyl Coastguard added: "The general advice we give to dog walkers is as follows:

"Stay away from cliff edges – they can be crumbly or slippery when wet.

"Always keep your dog on a lead near cliffs.

"Do not attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea. This is because you are likely to get in to difficulty and many dogs return to shore alive but some owners do not. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

"Alongside this, we advise that walkers on the beach are aware of the tides to ensure that they don't become cut off on a sand bank due to an incoming tide.

"Dogs are generally good swimmers and tend to come back to shore once they have had their fun. Should the owner go into the water to rescue their dog, they place themselves at risk. It could be that they are not strong swimmers but due to emotions they misjudge their capabilities and risk assessment. They run the risk of cold water shock.

"We always advise that if you believe that your dog is in difficulty in the sea or tidal water to dial 999 and request the Coastguard. We have the resources available to ensure that the dog owner stays safe and doesn't place themselves in danger.

"Dog owners, if they have concerns, can take precautionary measures by using a long lead so they can prevent their pet going out too far or even pull/guide back in."