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Cliff fall dog rescued by Cardigan RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A dog that went over the cliff edge opposite Cardigan Island was rescued by volunteers from the nearby Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat Station.

HM Coastguard Fishguard

Nell is taken to the safety of Cardigan RNLI lifeboat after being rescued from the foot of steep cliffs.

The alarm was raised just before noon on Wednesday 7 February and Cardigan Lifeboat Station’s D class inshore lifeboat was quickly on the scene.

The dog, Nell, was soon located with help from Coastguard teams from Cardigan, New Quay and Fishguard and a member of the crew took to the water to bring Nell back to the safety of the lifeboat.

She was then brought back to shore and handed over to her anxious but grateful owners and taken to the vets for a check up.

While it has been a relatively quiet start to the year in terms of call outs, Cardigan RNLI volunteers have been a very busy training both on and off the water.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Austin said: 'It has been a great team effort and everyone should be very proud of what we have achieved in the last few months. The hard work our volunteers out into their training means they are able to respond quickly and efficiently when they are called out on a real shout.'

RNLI dog walking safety advice:

It's important to always keep yourself safe when you walk your dog. Please remember to:

  • Keep your dog on a lead if you're close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go in after them. Move to a place of safely and call their name.
  • If you suspect they are stuck or injured, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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