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St Agnes RNLI launch to recover a dog who'd fallen down cliff

Lifeboats News Release

The St Agnes RNLI lifeboat XKalibur was launched today (Saturday 19 October) at 12.50pm following a request from Falmouth Coastguard to attend a dog which had fallen off the cliff at Western Cove, Portreath.

The team consisted of Rich Draisey, Helm, Laura Penhaul and Tom Forehead, Crew, with Vicky Vigurs-Berry, Graham Slater, Màrtyn Ward, Richard Llewellyn and Keith Swain, Shore crew.

On route, the Lifeboat Crew were informed that Portreath Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were at top of cliff but judged the cliff to be too loose to warrant a decent to what was believed to be deceased dog.

The RNLI volunteers assessed the scene, landed on the beach at Western Cove, and recovered the dog which, unfortunately not survived the 200 foot fall. They returned the dog to the Coastguard Team on Portreath beach.

Richard, RNLI helm said. ‘there was a bit of a ground swell and light north westerly wind, with two foot waves landing at Western Cove and at Portreath. Tom recovered the small dog and passed to the Coastguard, so it could be returned to it's owners".

This is the second dog to lose it's life, in just one month at the same location of Portreath. St Agnes RNLI has attended four dogs who have fallen from cliffs, so far, in
2019.

There are have warning signs at the gateway leading to this area of cliff path at Portreath. St Agnes RNLI remind all dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead and children close to them, when on or around cliff paths or on the edges of fast flowing waterways.

It is hoped that although this is a story has another tragic outcome, the incident may have a small positive for the owners of the dog fatally injured, if it makes other dog owners consider the potential dangers to their beloved dog, and it alleviates it happening to them.

The lifeboat was rehoused at 2.30pm

For further information and safety advice from the RNLI, please follow this link: https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking

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