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Andy HobkinsonVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
at Newquay lifeboat station.
The dog's owner made the right decision by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard rather than going into the water herself to attempt a rescue
Lifeboats News Release
Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew were called to assist a dog struggling in the water after being washed off rocks at Crantock beach on Wednesday (16 October).
The RNLI volunteers quickly arrived at the scene and recovered the dog from the water, but unfortunately it did not survive its ordeal.
The RNLI volunteers were paged by Falmouth Coastguard at 4.06pm after a 999 call had been received from a woman reporting that her dog had been swept in to the sea at the West Pentire end of Crantock beach near the Bowgie Inn. The lifeboat crew were requested to assist so that members of the public did not put themselves at risk by going in to the sea to attempt a rescue.With the tide at its highest and in a three to five foot swell, both Newquay’s inshore lifeboats were launched and the lifeboat crew recovered the dog from the sea, but unfortunately despite the quick response of the charity’s volunteers, the dog had not survived.Newquay coastguard rescue team volunteers had also responded and comforted the lady who was in obvious distress at the loss of her pet. The dog was brought ashore by the lifeboat crew who returned to Newquay Harbour at 4.40pm, where the two lifeboats were recovered by the RNLI shore crew.Despite the sad outcome of this incident, it was emphasised by the rescue teams that the dog's owner made the right decision by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard rather than going into the water herself to attempt a rescue. . RNLI notes to editorsLibrary picture: Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats. Credit: RNLI/Newquay. RNLI Media contacts For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station on 07880 507464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk or the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.
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