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St Ives Lifeboat launches to man's best friend

Lifeboats News Release

It was a murky, misty lunchtime in St Ives when the pager sounded just after midday at 12.10pm. The volunteer crew rushed to the station to answer the call for help.

Falmouth coastguard had received a report of a dog slipping down the rocks between Mans head and Clodgy point, with his concerned owners watching him.

The in-shore lifeboat quickly launched with a voluntary crew of four to attend the scene. Helm Barney Stevens said “The conditions were ok, but there was a 3ft swell and waves around 4-5ft. But once we arrived at the location we were pleased to see that Gilmore the Springer Spaniel, had managed to make his way onto the small portion of beach - and his owners had done the right thing by alerting the right authorities to ensure we could respond safely”.

Two crew remained with the lifeboat to ensure it remained in the right location, and two crew got out of the boat and made their way to Gilmore. The crew were able to secure Gilmore and carried him to the lifeboat where he was quickly returned to St Ives Lifeboat station. Gilmore was then reunited with his delighted owners and transferred quickly to the vets where he received a full check over. We are delighted that Gilmore is home and well.

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Gilmore at the station

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