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RNLI Peterhead launches to rescue dog

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Peterhead's Tamar class lifeboat, The Misses Robertson of Kintail, launched on Saturday, 12 November 2022, at 12:30 with its volunteer crew, to reports that a dog had become stuck at the bottom of the cliffs at Slains Castle near Cruden Bay.

After readying the Y-boat, Coxswain Mike Dyke deployed two crew members to make their way to the cliffs and attempt to recover the dog. With the assistance of the UK Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT), who were already on site, the crew helped direct the Y-boat crew to the location.

After some convincing and with the help of Sparky's owner's hat, the crew persuaded Sparky to come close and recovered him to the boat, before being transferred to the care of the CRT and reunited with their owners.

Duty Coxswain Mike Dyke added: 'the footpaths along our beautiful coastline can be dangerous, and we're glad we could assist our colleagues in the Cruden Bay CRT in rescuing the stranded dog from the cliffs at Slain Castle, as it could have had a different outcome.'

Crew member Sandy Garvock who showcased his dog whispering skills, added: 'we were glad to be able to return Sparky to his owners safely. Great teamwork led to a successful rescue.'


Peterhead RNLI crew make their way to rescue Sparky

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