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St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat launches to fallen dog.

Lifeboats News Release

St Agnes RNLI’s D-Class lifeboat was launched yesterday evening after reports of a dog falling from cliffs near Portreath.

Man walking dog on beach.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

The volunteer lifeboat crew was paged on Saturday, 17th October, with a request to assemble on station. At 5.49pm a launch was requested and a minute later the boat was on the water and on route to the area west of Portreath.

Helm, Gavin Forehead, commented,

'We are, of course, trying to help the animal if possible, but our main concern is for the safety of the owners who may be tempted to take risks to help their pet.'

Sadly, on this occasion, the dog did not survive the fall. The volunteer crew recovered the deceased animal and handed over to Portreath Cliff Rescue Team.

The RNLI strongly advises dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead when near cliffs. For more information on cliff safety and walking your dog near the coast you can visit:

St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat returned to station and was cleaned, fuelled, rehoused, and ready for service at 7pm.

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