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St Bees RNLI assists in dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were paged at 2:15pm on Thursday 27 June to assist Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team.

St Bees crew searching for the dog that had fallen down the cliffs

RNLI/Colin Wadey

St Bees RNLI searching for the dog

St Bees RNLI volunteer crew were paged by the Belfast Coastguard to assist in the rescue of a dog that had fallen part way down cliffs near Kells in Whitehaven. The lifeboat crew were required to help locate the dog and to be on standby in case anyone entered the water. The dog was located and brought to safety by members of the Coastguard.

Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Operation Manager, said “The dog owner did the right thing by immediately dialling 999 and asking for assistance rather than risk their own life by trying to rescue the pet themselves”.

For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk

St Bees lifeboat returning to the lifeboat station

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Returning to the lifeboat station

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