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Footage shows Kinghorn RNLI rescue frightened Labrador perched on a rock

Lifeboats News Release

After falling from a 3m sea wall into the water, Callie the Red Fox Labrador was found by Kinghorn RNLI volunteers stuck under a jetty.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were called out to the rescue near the former Cockenzie Power Station in East Lothian, Scotland just before 3pm on Friday 20 January.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew had to carefully manoeuvre the boat below the jetty, requiring precision boat handling.

Callie was incredibly scared and nervous but was soon pulled to safety onboard the Atlantic 85 lifeboat with the crew.

Despite her fall, the dog only had an injured paw and was safely reunited with her worried owner at Cockenzie Harbour, alongside Fisherrow Coastguard.

Just two hours before rescuing Callie, Kinghorn lifeboat had been called out to another dog that had fallen from the sea wall at Gypsy Brae, Granton. Fortunately, the pet was retrieved by the local fire service and the lifeboat were stood down before being called rescue Callie.

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat volunteer, Neil Chalmers, said: ‘We were so pleased to reunite Callie with her owners. They absolutely did the right thing by calling 999, asking for the Coastguard and not endangering themselves.’

In 2021, RNLI lifeboats around the UK and Ireland launched 169 times to dogs in difficulty. It’s important to keep you and your pet safe when visiting the coast so remember:

  • Keep dogs on a lead if you're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your dog enters the water or gets stuck in the mud, don't go in after them. If possible, move to a place where they can get to safely and call for them. They will likely get out by themselves.
  • If you're worried about your dog, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.


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Callie the Labrador was rescued from the rocks under a jetty near the former Cockenzie Power Station in East Lothian, Scotland.

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