First Call Out for New Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Stonehaven volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew where paged on Monday 16th December 2019 by HM Coastguard at 17.50 to reports of a dog that had fallen over the cliff edge at Newtonhill, north of Stonehaven.

German Shepherd dog

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Alfie, the German Shepherd, was thought to have been chasing a cat when he lost his footing near the cliff edge and fell some 40ft to a ledge below.
HM Coastguard Rescue Team from Stonehaven, Montrose, Aberdeen and Cruden Bay were tasked to assist also.
When the volunteer crew arrived on scene the dog could be seen on the ledge. The crew assisted by providing light so that a rescue technician from the coastguard could be lowered down the cliff to the dog. The dog, Alfie was found with no major injuries albeit a bit shaken from his ordeal.
Both the rescue technician and Alfie were safely recovered to the top of the cliff where he was met by the owners and taken to the vet to be checked over.
The boat 'Jamie Hunter' and crew were then stood down and made their way back to the harbour to be refuelled and made ready for service again.
Jamie Hunter

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Jamie Hunter Boat
Boat Launching

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Boat Launching

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