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Newquay RNLI rescues dog after fall from Towan Head.

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged along with Newquay coastguard search & rescue team last night (16 November) to assist in the search for a dog who had fallen from a cliff in the Towan Head area of Newquay bay.

Lara receiving a fuss from Newquay Lifeboat Crew

RNLI/Mark Morris

Lara receiving a fuss from Newquay Lifeboat Crew
H M Coastguard raised the alert at 8.06pm on Thursday, 16 November and Enid Mary, the charity’s D class lifeboat was launched.

In heavy rain and a westerly wind, force 2-3, Newquay volunteers began to do a spotlight search of the coves around the Gazzle area where the dog, named Lara was thought to have taken the tumble. On reaching the Tea Caverns the crews search lights picked up Lara’s eyes reflecting. Once the crew had got closer, they could see that Lara had managed to scramble out of the sea and on to the safety of a rock.

The helm of the D class lifeboat secured the bow of the boat onto the rock while another crew member was able to jump up to reach Lara and get her safely onboard the lifeboat.

Newquay’s crew arrived back at the lifeboat station at 8.27pm and were happy to make a fuss of Lara while she awaited collection by her grateful owners.

Zoey Cotton, Duty Launch Authority said: ’Lara’s owners did the right thing by calling the coastguard. The RNLI recommends you keep your dog on a lead along cliff tops, no matter how well behaved they normally are. If you see someone in difficulty do not attempt to rescue them yourselves, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

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