Shortly before 11:00 the independent lifeboat station was tasked to reports of at least 1 person in the water close to Ryde Harbour.
The volunteer crew quickly assembled and prepared to launch Ryde Rescue 2, however, as the lifeboat was transported across the sands it was noted that the reported casualty had made it back to shore.
Upon closer inspection it was discovered that the woman had been attempting to rescue a fox that, for reasons unknown, had rushed into the freezing cold sea. The woman also ran into the water but thankfully made it back to dry land with the animal.
Lifeboat crews members treated the casualty and a second person involved in the incident for the effects of the cold. The duo then made their own way home – just 30 minutes after the drama had begun.
The fox was captured and taken to the Appley-based lifeboat station to be collected by a vet.
UPDATE 13:26 – The fox has been taken to Green and Forster in Carisbrooke by a member of Ryde Inshore Rescue, where the veterinary team are looking now looking after him.
A spokesperson for Ryde Rescue has said:
“We can now add him [the fox] to the list of dogs, horses, seals and a whale that we have rescued”.