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Filey RNLI assist in Dalmatian rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI crew were tasked to provide safety cover when a dog fell over the cliffs north of Filey on Sunday evening (29th May)

Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, launched shortly after 8pm following a request from Humber Coastguard to stand by at the bottom of the cliffs in the Newbiggin area, just south of the Blue Dolphin Holiday Centre, whilst Coast Rescue Teams from Filey, Burniston and Scarborough attempted to rescue a Dalmatian which had fallen onto a dangerous ledge and only a few yards from a 200 feet sheer drop.

Within a few minutes, the ILB had launched crewed by Alex Harrison, Lee Cowling and Callum Garton and made best possible speed north of Filey Brig.

With the dog in such a precarious position, it was a difficult operation for two Cliff Team members to be lowered down to the ledge. Eventually the dog was recovered, none the worse for its ordeal, and re-united with its owner.

John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The dog was very lucky indeed. The ILB stood by at the bottom of the cliffs to provide safety cover for the Filey Coastguard Team and to maintain communications with the UK Coastguard at Humber. Everyone did a good job but special credit must go to the two Cliff Team members who were lowered down the cliff.”



Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.




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