Dog rescued after falling down the cliff on the River Yealm.

Lifeboats News Release

Both Plymouth RNLI Lifeboats launched on service

Dog rescued after falling down the cliff on the River Yealm.

Plymouth RNLI volunteers launch the All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover) and the Inshore Lifeboat (Annabel E Jones) after reports from Falmouth Coastguard that a dog had fallen down the cliff at Silver Cove on the River Yealm.

Whilst proceeding to the scene Falmouth Coastguard reported that the owner had reached the dog but was then also stuck on the cliff.

A volunteer Lifeboat crewman from the Inshore Lifeboat ( Richard Ham ) was put ashore in the failing light to make contact with the casualty and provide reassurance until further assistance from the Coastguard teams arrived. The lifeboat was then able to guide Plymouth and Yealm Coastguard rescue officers down the cliff where they assisted the owner and injured dog to safety.

All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat returned to station ready for service.

We’re asking the public to help save more lives by sharing some simple survival skills:

Please remember to keep dogs on leads if they’re walking close to cliff edges and remember the best thing to do if your pet gets into trouble at the coast is don't enter the water or attempt to rescue them yourself, instead call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass.

The RNLI have continued to save lives during the pandemic and faced a busy summer as lockdown restrictions were eased. The charity has purchased £1.2M worth of coronavirus PPE to keep their lifesavers safe. This was money they hadn’t planned to spend, at a time when RNLI shops were forced to close and fundraising events were cancelled.

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ILB and ALB

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.

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