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New Quay RNLI in dramatic dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

New Quay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8.23pm last night (Tuesday 9 October) to rescue a dog that had fallen over a cliff near Llangrannog.

Following reports that a dog had gone over a cliff, and with concerns being raised for its owners, the relief inshore lifeboat John Wickens and the all-weather lifeboat Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge were launched. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was guided to the dog’s location by the New Quay Coastguard Rescue Team, who were already at the scene, with the all-weather lifeboat providing illumination.

However, reaching the dog proved to be challenging. The Coastguard team had sent one of their cliff technicians to assess the situation and decided that evacuation by sea was the only option.

Huw Williams, on his first shout as ILB Helm, said, “The dog was on a small ledge at the base of the cliff. We veered down on the anchor but the large swell made it impossible to approach safely. The only option was to come in from the other side and put one of the crew in the water.”

Crew member Simon Rigby swam over to the rocks and tied a rope around the collar of the grey sheepdog, named Slate, so that he could be hauled to the ILB. Simon commented, “Slate was very pleased to see us and was surprisingly calm after all he’d been through. He was no bother at all.”

Slate was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat where he was dried off and kept warm. Simon added, “He had a couple of biscuits and even had a nice sleep on the way back”. Slate was reunited with his thankful owners, safe and well, at New Quay lifeboat station.

RNLI/Simon Rigby

New Quay RNLI lifeboats rescuing Slate the dog

RNLI/Tim Richards

Owners of Slate the dog with Simon Rigby

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