Dun Laoghaire RNLI launch to rescue Archie the dog
Today (Tuesday 26 January) Dun Laoghaire RNLI's inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to respond to reports of a dog who had fallen on to rocks at Dun Laoghaire’s marina pier.
The volunteer crew of three launched the lifeboat swiftly at 11.35am and made their way to the scene arriving in minutes. The crew quickly assessed the situation finding Archie the dog on rocks near the water’s edge. The lifeboat crew made their way towards him and on to the rocks and helped lift him back up on to the pier above. Archie was in good health and happy to see his owners after his ordeal.
Weather conditions at the time were described as calm with good visibility.
Speaking following the call out, Liam Mullan, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Our crew today were very happy to reunite Archie with his owners and that he wasn’t injured from his fall. Archie's owners did the right thing by calling the Irish Coast Guard and asking for help. It was much safer for our crew to approach rocks on a day like today by sea when compared to the risks associated with slips and falls from a person trying to make their way down to the water’s edge to help’.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.