A dog was rescued after being spotted by a coastguard helicopter when it was swept out to sea. 
The helicopter crew spotted the cockapoo in peril in the Moray Firth at Cummingston, on the northeast coast of Scotland, at 10.45am on Sunday. 
A crew, already out on a training exercise, kept watch until an inshore lifeboat arrived and succeeded in returning the dog to land. 
A spokesman said: “We were able to quickly locate the animal and alert the inshore rescue boat to its location. 
“They pulled the dog onto the boat and returned it to its owners, who were waiting on shore with the Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team.” 
The dog is believed to have been unharmed in the incident.