Swanage inshore lifeboat assists dog after falling over cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

The Swanage D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested today (Jan 23rd) when a dog fell from the cliffs close to Old Harry and was seen by the owners to be swimming in the shallow water just south of the headland.

As the crew made ready to launch, a Shannon class lifeboat on training duty rounded Old Harry and reported that they could see both the owners, on the top of the cliffs, and the dog. They were unable to help directly but were able to indicate to the inshore lifeboat as it closed upon the scene exactly where the dog was. The inshore lifeboat recovered the dog, which appeared unhurt, and arranged to rendezvous with Swanage Coastguard and the owners at South Beach in Studland.

When the owners and dog were re-united, the inshore lifeboat returned to Swanage where the volunteer crew were able to warm their hands while the lifeboat was prepared for further service.


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