Two dogs were hauled to safety from the icy water of Amble harbour last night.
The Coastugard raised the alarm after the dogs were spotted in difficulty in the water at 9.44pm.
RNLI volunteers launched both the all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys and inshore lifeboat The Mildred Holcroft to rescue the dogs, amid concerns at the possibility of an attempted rescue by members of the public.
Both dogs were found and the inshore crew safely pulled the animals out of the water and then transferred them to the warmth of the all-weather lifeboat.
The two young dogs appeared to have no obvious injuries, but the crew were concerned that they had been in the water for some time and were suffering from the effects of the very low water temperature. The Four Boys brought the dogs ashore wrapped in blankets to waiting Coastguard volunteers. The dogs were then reunited with their very relieved owners.
The owners were advised to have the dogs seen and assessed by a vet.
RNLI volunteer Coxswain David Bell was delighted with the outcome.
He said: “we have successfully located and rescued two dogs this evening and returned them safety to their owners. I am also pleased that no member of the public decided to enter into the water to try and rescue the animals as the outcome may have been a lot different.”