RNLI Peterhead launched to an incident at Slains Castle

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteer Crew at Peterhead Lifeboat were called out on Tuesday 19 May to reports of a dog falling from the cliffs at Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay.

Peterhead Lifeboat

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Peterhead Lifeboat

Peterhead’s Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, launched at 2.12pm at the request of the UK Coastguard.

Unfortunately, the dog had sadly deceased. In a bid to recover the dog, the Y Boat (an inflatable powered daughter boat housed under the deck) was launched with two members of the crew onboard to get closer to the shore.The lifeboat then recovered the Y Boat and made their way back to Peterhead Harbour, returning at 3.45pm.

Martyn Simpson, RNLI Coxswain Mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat Station, said: “Unfortunately the dog had sadly deceased and was recovered by the crew. All of us at Peterhead Lifeboat send our condolences to the owners.

“Slains Castle is a beautiful walk but the cliff edge can be very dangerous. The dog owners did the safest thing by calling the emergency services when the incident happened.

“I would urge anyone choosing to do their daily exercise near or around Slains Castle to keep their dog on a lead when walking close to cliff edges.”

RNLI Peterhead’s volunteer crew remains fully on call during the current COVID-19 pandemic but have had to adapt to new regulations to safely comply with Government Guidelines.

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