Porthdinllaen RNLI assist in cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

At 11:08am, at the request of UK Coastguard at Holyhead, Porthdinllaen's All Weather Lifeboat and her volunteer crew were launched and requested to make head way to Porthychain.

The initial report that the station received was that a dog had fallen off the cliffs at Porthychain, and then on route a further update was received that the owner had descended down the cliffs to tend to his dog.

On arrival at Porthychain, it was confirmed that there were two people now at the bottom of the cliff and two dogs. Coxswain Owain Williams decided that the safest and quickest option to evacuate the casualties would be to deploy the all weather lifeboat's Y boat. Two members of the volunteer crew were able to get close to the shore and then found that the first dog, that had fallen down the cliff, had unfortunately not survived. The other dog and one of the owner`s had managed to scramble back up the cliff to a safe vantage point.

The remaining person and the dog who passed away were brought on board the lifeboat and were landed at nearby Porthysgaden into the care of the local Coastguard team.

The lifeboat returned to her station and was refuelled and ready for service by 1:00pm.

Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Press Officer added, 'Unfortunately, on arrival to the scene it was found that the dog had succumbed to the injuries it sustained in the fall, and our thoughts are with the owners, who have lost their much loved pet'

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