Sunderland-RNLI-reunite-dog-with-owners-after-cliff-fall

Byline: Sunderland Volunteers found themselves called into action this afternoon to save a dog that had suffered a 30ft fall down a cliff.
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The Coastguard at Humber co-ordination centre called for the assistance of Sunderland RNLI’s inshore Lifeboat after they had received reports of the stranded dog.

The Lifeboat launched at 1608. Initial reports said the dog was cut off at Souter point a location in Whitburn approximately 10 minutes north of the lifeboat station. The three crew made best speed and once close to the scene were directed into a cut off cove by a shore based coastguard team. The coastguard team were with the dogs owners at the top off the cliff.

As the cove was completely inaccessible by land without use of rope equipment the lifeboat was navigated into the shallow waters. Two RNLI crewmen were put ashore to locate the three year old Labrador and asses if she was doing well.

Jonny Lindsley commented

‘On route we were unsure of the dogs condition so it was a great relief to see the dog running around on the beach, once we were ashore we gave the dog a quick check over before encouraging her to the lifeboat so we could reunite her with the owners.’ 

The lifeboat was then able to land the dog on the next bay along. ‘Skye’ was then handed back to her owners.

Jonny continued

‘Although the charity is set up primarily to save people in trouble at sea we were happy to be able to assist in getting the dog back to safety, which in turn meant nobody had to put themselves at risk’

If anyone sees anybody in trouble along the coast please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard; Do not try and effect a rescue yourself.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone:

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email – pauldnich@yahoo.co.uk or

Ben Mitchell, Sunderland RNLI Assistant Press Officer on 07923 218 761 or email -benjamin_mitchell@rnli.org.uk

As an alternative please contact Alison Levett, Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668 912 or alevett@rnli.org.uk

or RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.

Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operation lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates its own website www.rnlisunderland.org  where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.

Byline: Sunderland Volunteers found themselves called into action this afternoon to save a dog that had suffered a 30ft fall down a cliff.
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The Coastguard at Humber co-ordination centre called for the assistance of Sunderland RNLI’s inshore Lifeboat after they had received reports of the stranded dog.

The Lifeboat launched at 1608. Initial reports said the dog was cut off at Souter point a location in Whitburn approximately 10 minutes north of the lifeboat station. The three crew made best speed and once close to the scene were directed into a cut off cove by a shore based coastguard team. The coastguard team were with the dogs owners at the top off the cliff.

As the cove was completely inaccessible by land without use of rope equipment the lifeboat was navigated into the shallow waters. Two RNLI crewmen were put ashore to locate the three year old Labrador and asses if she was doing well.

Jonny Lindsley commented

‘On route we were unsure of the dogs condition so it was a great relief to see the dog running around on the beach, once we were ashore we gave the dog a quick check over before encouraging her to the lifeboat so we could reunite her with the owners.’ 

The lifeboat was then able to land the dog on the next bay along. ‘Skye’ was then handed back to her owners.

Jonny continued

‘Although the charity is set up primarily to save people in trouble at sea we were happy to be able to assist in getting the dog back to safety, which in turn meant nobody had to put themselves at risk’

If anyone sees anybody in trouble along the coast please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard; Do not try and effect a rescue yourself.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone:

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email - pauldnich@yahoo.co.uk or

Ben Mitchell, Sunderland RNLI Assistant Press Officer on 07923 218 761 or email -benjamin_mitchell@rnli.org.uk

As an alternative please contact Alison Levett, Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668 912 or alevett@rnli.org.uk

or RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.

Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operation lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates its own website www.rnlisunderland.org  where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.