Porthcawl’s volunteer RNLI crew were tasked by UK Coastguard after a report Ollie the springer spaniel had gone into the water off Newton Beach and not returned to shore. The charity’s relief D Class lifeboat, Super G II was launched on service. The crew carried out a thorough search of the area Ollie was last seen, extending as far as Ogmore in calm seas with excellent visibility but despite searching for over an hour, Ollie was not found.

Based on the conditions there was a high probability the dog would have been found during the search. The lifeboat was stood down by UK Coastguard based on assumption the dog had made it ashore.