Arbroath lifeboat crew in dog cliff fall rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat yesterday (28 April) to rescue a dog that had fallen from Arbroath cliffs.

The volunteer crew were tasked around 2.15pm and made their way quickly to the scene. Upon arrival they carefully navigated a narrow gully within the cliffs to reach the rocks that cocker spaniel ‘Skye’ had climbed onto from the water.

With the width of the gully being narrower than the lifeboat, a member of the volunteer crew entered the water on a swim line and made his way to the rocks where he was able to check on the dog and recover her to the ILB.

The lucky pooch was then transported back to the lifeboat station to be reunited with her very relieved owner. After a heartfelt thank you to the crew they were off to the vets for a thorough check over.

Volunteer helm, Michael Marr, said ‘We were pleased to be able to rescue Skye today and that the owners did the right thing by calling for assistance, and not trying to climb down the cliffs where they could potentially become a casualty themselves.’

‘Skye was very unlucky in that she found and chased a ball that wasn’t even hers! However, the RNLI always advise dog owners keep their dogs on the lead around cliffs to prevent these incidents occurring.’

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'Skye' being brought ashore

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'Skye' being cared for by RNLI volunteer crew

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'Skye' receiving a well earned drink

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