Queensferry RNLI rescues Dog from rocky breakwater at Gypsy Brae

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from Queensferry RNLI Lifeboat Station rescued a dog who had got stuck after jumping a wall and landing on the rocky breakwater at Gypsy Brae this Good Friday (Friday 15 April).

The owners were enjoying a sunny afternoon walk when suddenly saw their dog had jumped over the wall and had got stuck on the rocks below.

A bystander called 999 to raise the alarm and the Queensferry RNLI inshore lifeboat Jimmie Cairncross was launched at 4.09pm following a request for help from HM Coastguard.

Weather conditions at the time were sunny and bright with calm seas.

The lifeboat was able to locate the dog with the aid of UK Coastguard personnel. Once the lifeboat was close enough to the rocks, one volunteer crew disembarked to negotiate the rock terrain and retrieve the visibly shaken dog.

When all were back onboard safely, the lifeboat made way to a beach further in the coast and the dog was reunited with the very grateful owners.

Andy, Queensferry RNLI Helm, said: ‘The conditions at sea were today favourable. It was fantastic to be able to rescue the dog quickly and safely, and to not prolong the agony for the owners who were watching above us.’

‘The bystander did the right thing in calling 999 and asking the HM Coastguard for help.’

‘Keep your dog on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges or the water’s edge. If your dog goes into the water, or gets stuck, don’t go in after them. Move to a place where the dog could get out easily and call them – they will probably get out by themselves. If you’re worried that your dog can’t get out, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard’.

The RNLI volunteers washed down the Jimmie Cairncross and refuelled it to ensure the charity’s lifeboat was ready for the next emergency.


Notes to editor

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Queensferry RNLI is based on the Hawes Pier, Queensferry EH30 9TB. The lifeboat station was founded in 1967 and the volunteer crew use an inshore Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat Jimmie Cairncross.

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Queensferry launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to rescue a dog.


Queensferry launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to rescue a dog.

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