Newquay's RNLI volunteers were alerted at 4.24pm on Saturday (4 August) and launched both the charity's inshore lifeboats after a 999 call had been received, reporting that a dog had gone over a cliff and the owner had scrambled down to the shoreline in an attempt to rescue his pet.
With support from Newquay and Padstow coastguard rescue teams, the lifeboat crew found the man in an isolated cove at Park Head, north of Bedruthan Steps, and one of the RNLI volunteers went ashore and helped him carry the badly-injured German Shepherd over large rocks and through chest-deep water to the lifeboat.
In light northerly winds and calm seas, the man and his dog were quickly taken to Newquay Harbour by the lifeboat crew, where a local woman drove the injured dog to a nearby vets, where sadly, it could not be saved. Our thoughts are with the owner.
The RNLI advises dog walkers to keep your dog on a lead when walking close to cliff edges. In an emergency, don't go after your pet, always call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
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Please find attached picture, Newquay lifeboat volunteers rescue man and dog near Park Head. Credit: Padstow Coastguard.
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