Portrush RNLI launches to dog that had fallen from a cliff near Giants Causeway

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 9.01am yesterday morning (Sunday) to assist with the search for a dog that had fallen off cliffs at Port Coon near Giants Causeway.

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Portrush RNLI

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 9.01am yesterday morning (Sunday) to assist with the search for a dog that had fallen off cliffs at Port Coon near Giants Causeway.

The owner and the dog were regulars on this walk at the Causeway and knew the area well.

The inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew launched at 9.12am into perfect sea and weather conditions and arrived very quickly at the designated area.

Johnny Weston, Portrush RNLI helm put the other crew members on the rocks to check for the dog as directed by the owner at the cliff top. The search then moved further round the cliff, where the dog was found but unfortunately had died at the scene.

The crew carefully retrieved the dog and returned it to its owner waiting at Portballintrae Harbour.

Judy Nelson, Portrush RNLI Volunteer LifeboatPress Officer said:

‘This is never going to be an easy call out for our volunteer crew who are all dog lovers, but it was important for them to return the dog to its owner. The owner and the dog did this walk on a regular basis and knew the area well. However, we would advise that if your dog does get into difficulty, do not try to go after it yourself. Please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

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