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RNLI Fishguard volunteer crew launch to assist stranded dog

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was launched Tuesday 24 January following a report of a missing dog which was believed to have fallen having strayed from the coast path.

lifeboat at a distance, conducting a search of the shoreline

RNLI/Julia Lewis

RNLI inshore lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson conducting a search for the missing dog

The charity’s D-Class lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson launched at 10.20am into calm winds at the request of HM Coastguard.

After arriving on scene, the volunteer crew from RNLI Fishguard conducted a shoreline search of the most recent known location of the dog, a black Labrador.

Following a short search one of the volunteer crew saw the dog on a ledge amongst undergrowth approximately halfway down the cliff face.

As a member of the local coastguard cliff rescue team was descending the dog made its way further down towards the shore. Station mechanic Chris Thomas was put ashore by the inshore lifeboat. He managed to secure and calm the dog which was then transferred to the care of the coastguard and winched to the top of the cliff/ Once at the top it was checked over by a veterinarian.

The lifeboat returned to station for refuelling and was ready for service again at 13.10pm.

Chris Thomas, Fishguard RNLI mechanic, said:

‘Fortunately, the dog only sustained minor injuries and with the help of our local coastguard team we were able to return the dog to safety. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to take care when enjoying the area, particularly keeping dogs on leads when near cliff edges.

If you did find yourself in a similar situation, our advice is always to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Notes to Editors:

· The attached photo shows RNLI inshore lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson conducting a search for the missing dog. (Tuesday 24 January). Credit Julia Lewis

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