Aberystwyth RNLI rescue fallen dog
At midday on Saturday 20 May, both Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats were launched to reports of a dog that had fallen down the cliffs between Clarach and Aberystwyth.
The volunteer crew at Aberystwyth first launched the Arancia inshore rescue boat with two crew aboard who quickly began the search for the fallen dog. This was followed by the Atlantic class lifeboat ‘Spirit of Friendship’.
The dog was quickly located by the Arancia crew who put the boat ashore and waded across the rocks to approach the dog who seemed quite happy to see them. The dog was quickly taken to the beach where it was reunited with its owner, with only a small cut on its leg.
Crewman Sam Wallis said “It was a lovely dog and an emotional reunion. Being a dog owner myself I understand what the owner was going through waiting at the top for help to arrive, but she did the right thing. As soon as the dog fell, she called the emergency services and remained at the top of the cliff, which was the right thing to do. We would always advise people not to try rescuing their animals and call the emergency services”
For more information please contact Paul McCann on 07787785614 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
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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, in a normal year, 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.