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Holyhead Crew Assist in Cliff Dog Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI crew were called out last night/early this morning (Tuesday 23/Wednesday 24 July) to assist in the search and rescue of a dog that had become stranded on cliffs.

RNLI/Ronnie Roberts

Holyhead ALB 'Christopher Pearce' (library photo)

Pagers sounded just before midnight last night, and the volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station. Cliff rescue teams from Holyhead and Cemaes had already been called to the area to search for the missing dog. She had been spotted by a member of the public on the Rocky Coast area, below Breakwater Country Park.

The decision was made to launch both the inshore and the all-weather lifeboats, in order to provide as much support to the cliff rescue teams as possible.

The inshore lifeboat arrived first, and a member of the crew located the exact whereabouts of the dog, 30 metres up on a rocky ledge, and alerted the cliff rescue teams. The ALB Christopher Pearce then arrived, and both boats were able to provide safety cover, and vital illumination in order for the cliff teams to perform a rope rescue of the dog.

The dog, who it is believed had been missing for some hours, was successfully recovered and reunited with her relieved owner.

The lifeboats then left the scene and returned to their respective locations. They were then prepared for service, and crews returned home to bed at 3am.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Holyhead RNLI, David Owens said:

‘This was a fantastic result. A great late night turn-out from our volunteer crew, and wonderful to once again work successfully with our friends in the cliff rescue teams. Thanks to them all, there are some happy and relieved dog owners in Holyhead today.’

For further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or at vickilou11@gmail.com

Karen Harris

Holyhead ALB and ILB (library photo)

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