Yarmouth RNLI rescue dog walker from the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth RNLI launched on Tuesday 12 October at 4.32pm using the relief Severn Class all weather lifeboat (ALB), 'RNLB Margaret Joan and Fred Nye'. They were tasked to launch by HM Coastguard to a dog walker that had fallen into the sea from Totland sea wall while trying to rescue their dog.

Relief Severn Class Lifeboat 'Margaret Joan and Fred Nye'

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Relief Severn Class Lifeboat 'Margaret Joan and Fred Nye'

The RNLI volunteer crew were quickly on scene just off Totland Pier. The Needles Coastguard rescue team were already in attendance. The female walker was assisted and stabilised in the water by a swimmer and the coastguard team supported with the dog being transferred to the safety of land. Due to the sea state and location of the casualty, the coastguard requested the support of Yarmouth RNLI.

Yarmouth’s Severn Class lifeboat deployed their smaller ‘Y’ class inflatable boat in order to access the woman, who was stranded close to the shoreline; she was then transferred to the safety of the lifeboat. Once onboard the casualty was assessed by a first aider and taken by the ALB to Yarmouth Harbour where she was well enough to be handed into the care of a relative.

Coxswain, Howard Lester, said 'Our rescue has had a happy ending with both the dog walker and pet safe and well but it could have ended very differently. Always try to keep your dog on a lead when walking close to edges and cliffs. If they fall in, do not go after them. Call for help immediately on 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.'

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 5.15pm

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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