Blyth RNLI assist in cliff rescue
Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard to assist in rescuing a dog trapped on the cliffs.
The D class inshore lifeboat was launched with 3 volunteer crew members on board and arrived on scene at 4.35pm.
Carrying out a shoreline search of the area, they located the dog and informed UK Coastguard that the local Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team would be required as the dog was situated down the cliffs and hadn't reached the water.
The inshore lifeboat remained on scene whilst Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team together Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who were also in attendance, used their cliff rescue equipment to bring the dog back to safety.
Once the dog was reunited with its owners the volunteer crew were stood down at 5.32pm and returned to the lifeboat station and made ready for service at 5.50pm.
Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI said:'We were launched to reports of a dog that had gone over the cliffs between Seaton Sluice and Hartley. Once the volunteer crew reached the scene they realised that they weren't going to be able to reach the dog due to it's position, so requested further assistance via UK Coastguard. We are glad that the dog was rescued safely.'
The RNLI has useful safety tips when walking your dog near the water or cliff tops and these can be found be here https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.