Stromness RNLI Volunteers in Canine Cliff Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat were called this morning to the aid of a dog stuck on the cliff.

Three crew members wearing covid masks plus owner and dog on Stromness pier

RNLI/Richard Clubley

The volunteers of Stromness RNLB - Violet Dorothy and Kathleen - were called this morning by a distressed dog owner whose pet had become trapped on a lower ledge of a cliff in Scapa Flow, Orkney.

The dog had been in the water but then pulled himself out at a point from which he could not get up the cliff. The Y-boat was launched and the crew soon had the Border Collie safely on board the all-weather lifeboat.

Pet and owner were happily reunited on Stromness pier soon after.

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