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RNLI lifeguards at Constantine rescue dog from bottom of cliffs

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards on patrol at Constantine beach today (Thursday 12 May) rescued a Springer Spaniel dog which had fallen off a small cliff.

Lifeguards on duty were alerted to the stranded pup called Pip by its worried owners. The dog had fallen about 20ft at Chair Cove, between Constantine and Treyarnon and was stuck.

The dog was distressed but not injured. Lifeguards Joe Jones and Cameron Wickins walked around to the location to assess how best to retrieve the dog. As the conditions were flat, they decided the best way was to launch the inshore rescue boat.

When they arrived in the inshore rescue boat the dog had managed to swim to a rock. Lifeguard Joe Jones waded in waist depth water to pick up Pip and brought her back to the boat. She was reunited with her grateful owners at Treyarnon beach.

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