A frightened deer had to be rescued by Mudeford coastguards who happened to be drinking coffee in a nearby cafe when it dashed into the sea.
The animal accidentally got itself sandwiched between two beach huts on Avon Beach, near Christchurch, Dorset.
It then broke free, galloping into the water before a Mudeford lifeboat crew rescued it near Highcliffe.
A coastguard said: "We were worried people would be at risk trying to rescue the deer which was very tired."
The creature is now being examined by a vet.