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St Ives launch to loved family dog

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers sounded at 2.46 pm this afternoon, and the volunteer crew answered the call for help.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Crew member Neil Brooks with rescued dog, and second crew member Jack Hill
Reports of an injured dog had come through from Falmouth Coastguard and the crew were needed to assist in the recovery of the injured animal.

Helm Jonathan Harvey, along with volunteer crew Jack Hill and Neil Brooks launched the inshore lifeboat and got underway.

On arrival at Porthminster Point, the crew could see St Ives Coastguard rescue team were also on the scene, and they waved the crew in.

Crew member, Jack Hill got out of the lifeboat to the rocks, the dog having suffered some injuries was frightened, and it was decided that an ambulance pouch would be used to secure the dog. Neil Brooks joined Jack Hill on the rocks and together they managed to safely secure Betty the dog with the pouch and get her onto the lifeboat. The crew then quickly returned to the station where Betty's owners were waiting anxiously to receive her.

Betty's owners then quickly made their way to the local vets to receive the appropriate treatment for her injuries.

Jonathan Harvey commented. "It's really important to keep both yourself and dog safe when you're walking along coastal paths, rocks and cliffs. There are some great safety tips on the RNLI website, but some simple points to remember are to always keep your dog on a lead if you're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers. If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck, don't go after them, move to a place your dog can get to safely and call them - most dogs self rescue. However, If you are worried, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard'

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