A WATER-LOVING dog who took a swim in the sea saw the coastguard called out to her for a second time yesterday (Tuesday) after she got into difficulty in the water at Seton Sands.

The initial call was made to East Lothian police by the owner of the dog at about 3.20pm; officers then called the coastguard for assistance.

The dog, a pointer called Bella, needed assistance after she spotted a bird and went on a one-and-a-half-mile swim.

Coastguard teams from North Berwick and Fisherrow were joined by Kinghorn RNLI in the rescue.

The coastguard found the owner with police officers trying to encourage Bella to swim back to shore.

Thankfully, Bella was able to swim ashore before the lifeboat arrived or teams were deployed into the water.

North Berwick Coastguard said: “Bella's very grateful owner did the right thing in calling for help.

"Yes, this is the second incident; however, dogs can be unpredictable and we would far rather be there to prevent others from attempting to assist and prevent harm to the animal.

“One happy dog and a very grateful owner!

“Remember, if you see someone or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, cliffs, mud or water, call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. If in doubt, call!”