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Burry Port RNLI volunteers help in dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Burry Port RNLI's D-class inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched to assist a dog that had slipped down the cliffs, near Burry Holmes on the Gower.

At 10.50am on Friday (8 April) the crew were requested by Milford Haven Coastguard to launch the Diane Hilary lifeboat.

In addition, a person had been reported trying to descend the cliffs in an effort to rescue the dog.

With Helm Rob Davies, supported by crew members Paul Williams and Rhydian Bowen, the boat was launched with the help of a shore crew of Mal o'Connell, John Massochi, Eddie Edwards, and supported by duty DLA Alun Wells and Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Bowen.

The lifeboat arrived on scene within a few minutes, located the dog 40 feet up the cliff face and managed to signal to the rescuer that the dog was safe and alive and not to take any further risks.

Rhossili Mobile Coastguard Team, and the Gower Cliff Rescue Teams made their way to the location. The Cliff Rescue Team lowered a member down to the dog, harnessed him and then both were lowered down to the beach where an RNLI crew member was waiting to assist.

Happily the dog, Murphy the springer spaniel was unharmed and was reunited with his owner by the coastguard teams.

Helm Rob Davies said:'Although the tide was falling, our volunteers were in the middle of some heavy surf, and took some heavy seas, but managed to stay in situ to cover any deterioration in the dog's position.

'We would always advise any dog owners whose pets get into difficulty around the coast to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard rather than trying to rescue them themselves and potentially putting themselves in danger.'

The Diane Hilary the made its return to Burry Port at about 1pm.

It was the station's 8th call-out in 2016.

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For more information on this rescue please contact Lifeboat Press Officer Paul Stewart on 07717 881650 or email


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