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New Quay RNLI inshore lifeboat crew rescue injured dog

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat at New Quay RNLI was called on by the UK Coastguard shortly after 4.30pm on Saturday (23 September) to assist their local rescue team members in the rescue of an injured dog which had fallen over a cliff near Gilfach yr Halen.

RNLI lifeboat Helm Brett Stones, with crew Laura Mears and Huw Williams, attended the scene and found that the dog’s female owner had scrambled down nearby and was holding the injured dog in her arms. They were taken on board and dog and grateful owner landed at Gilfach yr Halen.

It transpired that the owner was walking from New Quay to Aberaeron, with the dog enjoying its freedom off the lead. It sadly strayed too near the edge and slipped over. Confirmation was received later that the dog was treated by a vet and expected to make a complete recovery.

An RNLI spokesperson said: 'The Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire coastal paths provide excellent walking but there are hazards, especially when walking near cliffs. Dog owners are well advised to keep a close eye on their pets when they are off the lead in these areas.

'Our advice is that if your dog does get into difficulty in the sea or on the coast, do not try and rescue it yourself. More often than not, the person themselves can get into danger, further escalating the jeopardy and the need for a rescue.

'Instead, people should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.The RNLI will attend a pet in distress.'

Notes to editors:

New Quay RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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