Arbroath lifeboats assist in dog cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath RNLI lifeboats were launched on Saturday (3rd December) following reports that a dog had fallen from cliffs close to Auchmithie.

RNLI Arbroath

RNLI & HM Coastguard joint rescue of fallen dog

A request for assistance was received from HM Coastguard at approximately 1.20pm, with the all-weather and inshore lifeboats making their way quickly to the scene.

Arriving on scene, volunteer crew onboard the all-weather lifeboat located the dog approximately 500 metres from where it had initially fallen.

Unfortunately, due to weather and sea conditions, evacuation by lifeboat was not possible. However, a crew member from the inshore lifeboat was able to go ashore and assess the dog then remain with it while HM Coastguard crew set up a rope rescue.

The dog, a Red Setter, was then safely recovered back to the top of the cliffs.

Arbroath RNLI coxswain, Michael Marr, said “Thankfully, this incident resulted in the dog being found then recovered safely by our colleagues at HM Coastguard.

We benefit from a beautiful coastline here, however it can be extremely dangerous for people and pets.

We urge all dog owners to keep all dogs on a lead and under control while enjoying the area”

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