The pagers launched today at 12.58pm, Falmouth Coastguard needed assistance and

Lifeboats News Release

Rob Cocking, Coxswain launched the all weather lifeboat, with a volunteer crew and they quickly made their way to the Gurnards Head area. The crew were needed to assist with a dog over the cliff, and there were concerns that people were attempting to enter the water to retrieve the dog.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

All Weather Lifeboat being recovered

On arrival at the location, the coastguard confirmed whether our inshore lifeboat was also going to attend, but given the sea conditions in that particular area it wasn't safe to do so. The crew, St Ives Coastguard Rescue Team and Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team assessed the situation to work out how to safely retrieve the dog.

It was decided that the cliff rescue team would make their way down onto the beach area in order to retrieve the dog, which they recovered whilst the lifeboat crew watched over from a safety response perspective.

Everyone will be pleased to know that Gilbert the black labrador is all well and safe.

The crew then returned to the station and readied the boat once again for service.

We thought you may like to see a video of the boat returning.

For safety advice for walking your dogs near cliff edges, please visit the but it’s important to remember the following key points.

- Keep your dog on a lead when your close to cliff edges
- Don’t go after your dog, most dogs do self rescue and you end up the casualty
- If your worried about your dog please call 999 or 121 and ask for the coastguard

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