RNLI Port Talbot exercise turns into dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Port Talbot volunteers were on exercise using Pall -Pals to de-bog their tractor and trailer.

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De-bogging exercise turns to dog rescue

At 10.50 am on Sunday 20th November our volunteer shore crew from RNLI Port Talbot we’re undertaking a de-bogging training exercise. When a member of the public requested assistance to a dog that had received an unknown injury that prevented it from walking. Due to the quickly incoming tide, a dynamic risk assessment was carried out and a decision was made for the crew to assist the owner of the dog named Ace.

Two volunteer crew members carried Ace to the lifeboat station while the owner got their car. Ace was then placed into the vehicle by crew Member Damian Hill. The owner then took Ace to a vet for treatment.

Clive Morris Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'The owner did the right thing in requesting assistance. We advise everyone whose pet gets into difficult to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, rather than trying to rescue the animal and potentially becoming casualties themselves.'

While RNLI Port Talbot crew practice all type of rescue scenarios this was a first for the majority of the crew, which goes to show that our volunteers have to be prepared for any eventuality in their training journey to save lives at sea.

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Damian Hill carries Ace to owners car.

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