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Last Updated: Tuesday April 01 2008 04:59 GMT

Deer rescued from sea by lifeboat

Deer running on the beach

A young deer has been rescued from the sea after being chased across the beach and into the water by some dogs.

The animal had got stuck between two beach huts in Dorset, in the south west of England, before it got a fright and broke free, racing into the water.

Luckily, coastguards in a nearby cafe saw the deer galloping into the water, and launched the lifeboat to save it.

The frightened creature was pulled from the sea and taken back to land, where it was checked over by a vet.

The deer will be released back into the wild when it has recovered from its ordeal.

The deer was stuck between beach huts

Debbie Roe, from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said it was worn out and upset.

She said: "We had to take the decision to launch for fear of members of the public going out to help it."