Plymouth RNLI launch to dog walker cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth's Inshore RNLI lifeboat Annabel E Jones launched to locate, assess and assist a dog with his owner cut off by the tide and stuck on the rocks at Henn Point.

The seven month old Springer Spaniel and owner were out walking on the waters edge and became stranded on the rocks by the rapidly incoming tide on the River Tamar. The owner had attempted to walk back round and self recover but the water was too deep and cold so decided to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The Plymouth RNLI volunteers arrived on scene and recovered the springer pup and owner from the rocks and onto the Inshore Lifeboat. Both were taken back to Saltash for some safety advice from Tamar Coastguard.

The Inshore lifeboat crew returned to station ready for service.

If you see someone else in trouble at the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Coastal walking safety tips.

  • Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside.
  • Always take a means of calling for help.
  • Check the weather and tide times.

Dog Safety tips.

  • It's important to keep yourself safe when you walk me. Please remember:
  • Keep me on a lead if we're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If I go into the water or get stuck in mud, don't go after me. Move to a place I can get to safely and call me - I'll probably get out by myself.
  • If you're worried about me, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
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