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Dog rescued from rocks at Cockenzie

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Monday morning to rescue a spaniel dog stranded on rocks at the former Cockenzie Power Station.

UK Coastguard requested assistance around 9am following a report of a dog in the water after it had fallen over the seawall at the power station site. The fire service and North Berwick coastguard rescue team were already on scene and requested assistance from the lifeboat.

On arrival onscene it was decided that the best solution was for a crewmember to swim ashore to the rocks to try and catch the dog.

Helm, Neil Chalmers said, ‘We arrived to find the dog apparently uninjured and moving around the rock armour boulders at the base of the 3m high sea wall. A crewmember swam ashore as it was too rough to get the boat safely close to the rocks. The dog took a while to trust us but after 25minutes, we were able to get a lead on the dog and put it into the coastguard’s dog rescue pouch. The dog was then hoisted back to dry land and reunited with its owner.

‘The dog’s owners did exactly the right thing by calling for help rather than attempting to rescue the dog themselves.’

If you see anyone in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. UK Coastguard has a multitude of resources they can call on, including RNLI lifeboats.

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274

Natasha Bennett, Regional Communications Manager on 07826 900639 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Communications Lead on 07920 365929 or [email protected]

Tom McGuire, Regional Communications Manager for Scotland and Ireland on [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Stella the spaniel


Stella the spaniel

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