RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

02/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/06/2019 09:24

St Ives Lifeboat launches to man's best friend

It was a murky, misty lunchtime in St Ives when the pager sounded just after midday at 12.10pm. The volunteer crew rushed to the station to answer the call for help.

Falmouth coastguard had received a report of a dog slipping down the rocks between Mans head and Clodgy point, with his concerned owners watching him.

The in-shore lifeboat quickly launched with a voluntary crew of four to attend the scene. Helm Barney Stevens said 'The conditions were ok, but there was a 3ft swell and waves around 4-5ft. But once we arrived at the location we were pleased to see that Gilmore the Springer Spaniel, had managed to make his way onto the small portion of beach - and his owners had done the right thing by alerting the right authorities to ensure we could respond safely'.

Two crew remained with the lifeboat to ensure it remained in the right location, and two crew got out of the boat and made their way to Gilmore. The crew were able to secure Gilmore and carried him to the lifeboat where he was quickly returned to St Ives Lifeboat station. Gilmore was then reunited with his delighted owners and transferred quickly to the vets where he received a full check over. We are delighted that Gilmore is home and well.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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