Bude Coastguard was paged at 21:14 last night. Apparently, a member of the public called 999 (quite rightly) after a dog was found on Summerleaze Beach with a message attached indicating a possible concern for the welfare of the owner.
Upon mustering at the station, the team were then contacted by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre and asked to stand down following confirmation that the owner had returned to the dog, who had been left while the owner was in the sea.
The coastguard on their Facebook page said:
Given the time of day and the nature of the message, the first informant certainly made the right decision in calling 999. We would always advise against being in or entering the sea after dark, but if you must, to consider the possible implications on leaving a message attached to a pet that could potentially be misconstrued, and, if at all possible, to leave the pet at home or with a friend instead.