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Dog Rescued by Holyhead Lifeboat Crew

Lifeboats News Release

A dog in distress along the Holyhead coast led to the first call out of the year for the town’s lifeboat crew.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat and three volunteer crew answered a call at 3.20pm on Tuesday (January 2nd) It was reported that a small dog had fallen from Holyhead Breakwater.

The D-class vessel was launched immediately and sped to the scene, where the dog’s owner was able to alert the crew to the whereabouts of her canine companion. They were joined at the scene by the Holyhead volunteer coastguard rescue team.

One of the lifeboat crew, who was fully equipped in a drysuit and lifejacket, entered the water, and managed to grab the dog and get onto the lifeboat and safely ashore to the waiting coastguard team and her owner.

The elderly jack russell terrier was checked over before being handed to the relieved and grateful owner. The lifeboat returned to station at 3.50pm.

Holyhead lifeboat crew member Ian James, who is the station’s mechanic, said the owner had done the right thing in calling the coastguard and not trying to rescue the dog herself. He said the dog was shaken but otherwise unharmed, and the low tide meant she had been able to recover herself onto a bank of seaweed and stay there until she was rescued.

The RNLI urges dogwalkers to be cautious and keep dogs on leads near the coast, and to phone 999 and ask for the coastguard if a dog gets into difficulties.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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