St Ives lifeboat was alerted by Falmouth Coastguard that a dog had been injured after she had fallen over a cliff at Porthminster Point. Poor Betty had been walking with her owners when she fell over a cliff onto some rocks below.
Helm Jonathan Harvey and volunteers Neil Brooks and Jack Hill answered the SOS call and launched their inshore lifeboat to rescue the desperate dog. St Ives Cliff Rescue also arrived to help.
Jack and Neil made it out onto the rocks and discovered a very frightened and injured Betty.
They used an ambulance pouch to safely secure Betty and get her onto their lifeboat before quickly returning to the station to be met by Betty’s worried owners.
Betty was immediately taken to the vets for a thorough check over.
Plea to dog owners
Unfortunately, canine rescues like this aren’t unusual for the RNLI. Betty was the second pup the crew had rescued that week. They are now urging owners to be extra vigilant along rocks, cliffs and coastal paths. Dogs should be kept on a lead, especially when close to fast-flowing rivers or cliff edges.
If your dog gets stuck or falls into the water, move to somewhere safe that your dog can get to and call them to you. If you need help, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.