Fowey RNLI lifeboat assists in rescue of dog in cliff fall

Lifeboats News Release

In their first shout of 2023, on Friday February 3, Fowey’s inshore lifeboat was launched to assist the coastguard in the rescue of an 18 month dog that had fallen over the cliff.

Fowey RNLI

Helm Adam and crew member Luke Watts assist in the search for dog

Fowey's volunteer lifeboat crew were assisting St Austell and Mevagissey coastguard teams who were on scene on the cliff top between Portmellon and Chapel Point where the dog had fallen. Fowey crew, Luke Watts, Oli Luck and helm Adam Russell were requested to locate the dog who could be heard from the cliff top but not seen.

As the lifeboat arrived on scene the coastguard reached the ledge where the dog was stuck. The coastguard’s rope rescue team cut through the gorse to access the cliff edge and the rope rescue technician then descended down to the dog. Fowey’s lifeboat crew were tasked to assist and provide safety cover for the rope team. Fowey lifeboat crew stood by until the dog was successfully recovered to the cliff top.

Thankfully there was a happy ending in this instance, but dog walkers are reminded to be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside. Try to stick to marked paths and keep your dog on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges. Check the weather forecasts and tide times and always take a means of calling 999 coastguard for help.

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