Falmouth RNLI Crew launch twice in two days to help rescue dogs from cliff edge
Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard was launched on both Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 March to dogs that had got into difficulty and were in need of assistance.
Just after 4.40pm on Wednesday 3 March, Falmouth crews left the station and made their way towards Maenporth beach area where a dog and individual had become stuck. Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Teams were already on scene, and due to the amount and thickness of the undergrowth on the cliff, decided to lower the individual down to the lifeboat, and recover the dog safely to the top in a rescue bag. Falmouth RNLI Crew then took the individual to Maenporth Beach and then returned to the station.
The next morning, at 8.45am, Falmouth Coastguard again requested Falmouth inshore lifeboat to launch and assist in the recovery of a dog from High cliff near Maenporth. Once on scene, the lifeboat and crew waited nearby whilst the Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Teams cut their way through undergrowth and brambles to get access to the dog, caught by their harness on a branch near the cliff edge. Given the state of the cliff, it was decided to recover the dog back up to the Coastguard teams, rather than lowering it into the boat, and so the inshore lifeboat was stood down to return to the station and be refuelled, ready for the next service.
Please be aware of how high parts of the coastline can quickly get, and keep dogs on a lead. Whether it’s a human or a four-legged friend in trouble along the coast, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in order to keep yourself safe.
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.