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06/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/17/2019 08:19

RNLI and HM Coastguard introduce signs at Porth Island to improve dog safety

New signage aimed at dog walkers is now in place at popular Newquay walking spot Trevelgue Head (also known as Porth Island) after RNLI Newquay lifeboat crew raised concerns about the amount of dog-related incidents they had been called to in that area.

Porth Island is very popular with dog walkers but there are large grass sections on the island which are often overgrown and can obscure sheer cliff drops of up to 100ft. The new signage makes the public aware of this danger and urges owners to keep their dogs on a lead. This joint safety initiative was introduced by the RNLI and HM Coastguard following the history of dog-related incidents in this area which have required the attendance of lifeguards, lifeboats, or the Coastguard. HM Coastguard has received 22 calls to incidents involving dogs in Cornwall alone since the start of 2019.

It is hoped that these new signs will improve the safety of dogs and their owners, while also reducing the number of preventable, high-risk situations that RNLI lifeguards and lifeboats are called to.

Mark Morris, Newquay RNLI lifeboat helm said:

'Although the lifeboat crews and lifeguards will always launch and do our best to get to an incident in time, unfortunately, dog rescues in this area in particular don't always have a positive outcome. Its heartbreaking to have to meet an owner on the beach and deliver the news about their beloved family pet.

'By placing these signs at the beginning of the walk, we hope that we will be able encourage owners to put their dogs on a lead and prevent these incidents happening.'

The RNLI advises dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead if close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers. If the dog does become in danger, do not attempt to go after it, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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