Plymouth RNLI rescue dog at Cawsand Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover launched on service on Thursday evening (21 October) following reports that a dog had fallen over the cliff in the vicinity of Cawsand Bay.


Image from the scene of the rescue

The lifeboat was launched just before 7pm and volunteer crew joined Plymouth Coastguard and Looe Coastguard Rescue Teams in the search for the missing dog.

Arriving on scene, the Y-Class lifeboat was launched from the all-weather lifeboat to conduct a shoreline search in the fading light. The dog was located 30ft up the cliff, so a coastguard cliff rescue team member was sent down to recover the dog back to safety. The dog was reunited with her owner safe and well.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to station ready for service. Volunteer crew involved in the launch were Simon Jeffery, Neil Humphrey, Steve Bennetts, Richard Gibson and James Scott, with Chris Westall as Duty Launch Authority.

The RNLI urges owners to keep themselves safe by:

  • Keep dogs on a lead if you're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your pet goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after them. Move to a safe place and call your pet they will probably get themselves out.
  • If you're worried about your dog call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
  • Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside. Slips and falls happen in all locations; it is not just high cliff edges that are a risk.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Always take a means of calling for help.

For more advice, visit the RNLI website at

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For more information contact John Baldry, Plymouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, on 07792649768 or or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or

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