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Filey RNLI Rescue Rocks

Lifeboats News Release

A 12 years old Staffie named Rocks had an incredibly lucky escape when he plunged down 150 feet cliffs just north of Filey on Wednesday 2 August.

UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey, Scarborough and Burniston rescue the dog after he had run off from a nearby caravan site when loud crackers were let off near to where his owners were staying.

Shortly after 8.30pm, the ILB launched with Paul Wilson, Matthew Wilkins and Fraser Haddington as crew.

Despite darkness falling rapidly, the ILB was soon on scene and with the help of a Coastguard Technician who had been lowered down the cliffs, put Rocks into the boat and returned him to his grateful owner who was waiting at Coble Landing , Filey, along with other Coastguard Officers.

Rocks was taken to the vets however he was more shaken and shocked rather than injured and has made a full recovery since the incident.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “It was prudent to launch the ILB as it would have been quite a task to haul the dog back up the cliffs as well as the Coastguard Technician. We would like to thank all the local Coastguard Teams for their help in making this rescue so successful. It was good to see Rocks wagging his tail so enthusiastically when his owner picked him up”

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 Facebook page.

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