It’s unclear why the seal headed into the townCredit:NLI / North News A confused seal has sparked an RNLI rescue mission after it took shelter on steps outside a block of flats.The pup was spotted on the steps of the Royal Esplanade Apartments in Redcar, Teesside on Thursday morning. After some some ‘cautious coaxing’ and the use of a dog cage volunteers managed to get the youngster back to the water.”While we were assembling to carry out a lifeboat changeover this morning, one of our crew was alerted to a seal sheltering in the doorway of the Royal Apartments on the sea front,” Redcar RNLI wrote on Facebook. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Having alerted the rescue service we were working out how to get the pup back to the water when an off-duty coastguard officer who runs a local pet shop drove past in a van. And in the van was a dog cage.”A bit of cautious coaxing got the seal into the cage and it was soon reunited with the North Sea.” Rescuers used a dog cage to return the animal to the beachCredit:North News & Pictures ltd A video posted by the charity shows the heartwarming moment the “happy” pup made it back to the chilly waters.The rescuers were praised on Facebook for their “brilliant” work in rescuing the seal.It’s not known why the seal took refuge on the steps but it’s not the first time a seal has taken a wrong turn and ended up in a town – in 2013 a seal dubbed Keith swam up the River Severn as far as Worcester, to the displeasure of local anglers.