Moelfre RNLI lifeboat rescue Flossy the dog after a dramatic 40 metre cliff fall
Moelfre’s inshore lifeboat was tasked on Saturday evening to Porth Wen on the North Anglesey coast following reports of a small dog which had fallen over cliffs whilst out walking with its owners
The volunteer crew were tasked shortly after 5:30pm and Moelfre’s inshore lifeboat Enfys launched after reports were received from UK Coastguard – Holyhead that a small bichon frise dog had fallen over cliffs at Porth Wen near Bull Bay. Local Coastguard rescue teams from Cemaes and Holyhead were on scene and had located the dog in an isolated gulley at the bottom of the cliffs some 40 meters below. It was deemed evacuation by lifeboat would be the safest option.
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on-scene and was guided on to the location of the dog by the illumination provided from the Coastguard teams at the head of the cliffs. Once ashore, trainee helm Michael Hughes-Roberts, and Helm Vince Jones located dog Flossy, who appeared visibly shaken but miraculously un-injured after the dramatic fall. The crew used a blanket and hold-all to secure the dog and carried her back to the inshore lifeboat.
After a short passage back to Bull Bay, the volunteer lifeboat crew reunited Flossy with her concerned, but gratefully thankful owners. They explained that whilst enjoying an evening walk along the coastal path, Flossy had disappeared out of sight at the top of the cliffs. The couple were enjoying what they described as a ‘peaceful mobile phone free’ walk which meant they had to endure a 20 minute run to a local farm house to raise the alarm, when they realised Flossy was in trouble.
Vince Jones – Station mechanic and helm at Moelfre said
‘Tonight’s rescue had a great outcome. Working closely with our local Coastguard rescue teams, again resulted in a quick and successful outcome for Flossy and her owners. Flossy was extremely lucky to have come away unscathed from the fall, although she wasn’t too keen on our crews in their bright yellow dry-suits!’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.