NEWQUAY RNLI lifeboat crew were called to rescue a dog after it fell 60 feet from cliffs at East Pentire yesterday, on World Animal Day 2013.
The dog escaped serious injury and was reunited with its grateful owner, who herself had required assistance from coastguards.
The lifeboat volunteers were paged by Falmouth Coastguard at 2.22pm in response to a report that a dog had gone over the cliff at East Pentire and it’s owner was now also in difficulties having attempted to assist her pet.
The RNLI shore crew promptly launched both inshore lifeboats and the two lifeboat crews arrived at the scene to find the dog had happily survived his 60 foot fall and was running around on the rocks on the Gannel Estuary side of the headland at Salt Cove.
Crew on the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Tabby Cat kept a distance as the smaller D class inshore lifeboat helmed by Ashley Mann went ashore below the cliffs in calm seas to rescue the dog. With high tide due at 5.36pm, Trigger, a Staffordshire bull terrier (or similar) had fallen onto rocks but escaped with just a few cuts and was taken aboard the lifeboat by the RNLI crew and landed safely at Fern Pit steps on the estuary.
Meanwhile, members of Newquay coastguard rescue team had led the woman to safety on a harness after she had been unable to return back up the slippery grassy slope unaided after attempting to find Trigger. The two were reunited and the RNLI volunteers returned to the lifeboat station at 3.30pm.