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Flamborough RNLI lifeboat launched to dog fallen over cliff

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched on Friday 29 June after a dog had fallen 65 metres from cliffs near Thornwick bay.

Two RNLI volunteer crew wading to inshore lifeboat carrying a dog which had fallen down cliffs.


Dog in the safe hands of volunteer crew

Flamborough RNLI lifeboat launched at 8.32 am at the request of Bridlington Coastguard, following reports that a dog had fallen over the 65 metre cliff at Sanwick, north of Thornwick bay.

On arrival at the scene two volunteer crew swam ashore to search for the dog at the bottom of the cliffs. The dog was located inside a cave having suffered what appeared to be only minor injuries. The dog was taken aboard the RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and was taken to South Landing where he was re united with his owners and waiting Coastguard personnel.

Cliffs at Sanwick near Thornwick bay where dog had fallen down.


Cliffs at Sanwick.
Volunteer lifeboat crew with dog owner holding rescued dog at the RNLI boathouse Flamborough

RNLI/Scott Vardy

Volunteer lifeboat crew reuniting rescued dog with owner

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