Dun Laoghaire RNLI mechanic rescues Toby the dog after fall on East Pier
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s mechanic Kieran O’Connell came to the rescue of a small dog who fell from a height and became trapped on Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier this morning (Wednesday 4 September).
A member of the public rang the lifeboat station at 11.40am to raise the alarm and reported that the dog had fallen onto rocks and had become trapped in the water between two sets of steps half way down the east pier.
Dun Laoghaire RNLI mechanic Kieran O’Connell launched the station’s boarding boat and made his way to where the dog had been in the water for approximately 15 minutes. The dog was successfully retrieved and found to be shaken but uninjured.
Speaking following the rescue, Kieran said: ‘Toby had quite the fall this morning and got stuck between two sets of steps before ending up in the water for about 15 minutes. Thankfully, while a little frightened he was not injured and was delighted to be reunited with his owners.
‘We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm this morning. Many dog owners can find themselves in trouble when they try to rescue their pets instead of calling 999 or 112 for the Coast Guard. We would remind everyone that it is important to keep yourself safe when you walk with your pet. Keep dogs on a lead close to cliff edges or fast flowing water. If your pet does get into water, stuck in mud or falls from a height, don’t go in after them. Move to a place where your pet can get to safely and call them if you think they can get out by themselves. If you are worried about them, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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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.