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Safe and hound: RNLI crew rescues little terrier Bella

THIS adorable picture shows the moment an RNLI crewman rescued a Highland terrier as it struggled to swim to safety after being cut off by the tide.

In he video below, little Bella the terrier can be seen desperately paddling along the sea wall to keep herself afloat, as the RNLI lifeboat crew approached her on Saturday afternoon.

Crew member David Ridout hopped out of the boat and had to wade through the water behind her to pluck her out and bring her back to dry land.

The RNLI crew, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, were called after a passer-by on packed Weston beach spotted Bella trapped by the flooding tide.

Oi, hang on! RNLI crew member David Ridout had to chase after Highland terrier Bella as she paddled along the sea wall

Weston Coastguard were also called to the site by Knightstone Island, which was not accessible from the land.

Bella was brought back to the RNLI temporary lifeboat station and then taken to the kennels.

The kennels had already been alerted that Bella had escaped from her home but had been able to reunite the dog with her owner.

Gotcha! David catches up with the surprised terrier and hauls her out of the water

Mike Buckland, lifeboat operations manager at Weston RNLI station, said: ‘We only go and rescue animals to save others putting themselves at risk.

‘However, it is very satisfying when we do save an animal.

‘We always advise everyone to keep their dogs on a lead when near the sea, but this little one had escaped so there was no blame on the owner.’

Bark on dry land: Bella is handed over to an RNLI colleague PICTURES: SWNS