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Stranded dog rescued from cliff by Fishguard RNLI and HM Coastguards

Lifeboats News Release

Both lifeboats from Fishguard RNLI launched on Sunday 17 April to go to the rescue of a black dog which had been reported as stranded ten metres above the waterline on cliffs to the west of Abercastle.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 5.30pm with the all-weather lifeboat following in support due to the long distance to the dog's reported location. The lifeboats were supported by HM Coastguard and upon arrival at the scene a member of the cliff rescue team went down to the stranded dog and after securing the animal both he and the dog transferred into the inshore lifeboat and they were taken the short distance to Abercastle beach where the black Staffordshire terrier-type dog appeared no worse for wear. Both lifeboats and their volunteer crew returned to Fishguard in calm sea conditions by 8.30pm whereby the Coxswain Paul Butler commenced his birthday celebrations!

Media Contact : Peter Kedward, Fishguard Press Officer on 07813180062 

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