Articles Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers rescue Ted the dog, after fall

Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers rescue Ted the dog, after fall

Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers rescue Ted the dog, after fall

Exmouth’s D class inshore lifeboat launched at 4.14pm on 23 December, following a 999 call concerning a dog fallen into the water at Red Rock, Dawlish Warren.

Within six minutes Crew volunteers were on scene. In a notable swell, rising tide and fading light, Crew volunteer Henry Mock jumped in the water to recover the medium sized, black dog called Ted & passed him to the owner. Crew left the scene at 4.29pm and the D class lifeboat was ready for service again at 4.50pm. Teignmouth & Torbay coastguard rescue teams were also tasked. 

Helm, Roy Stott commented:

‘This type of shout has become routine for us and in this case, Ted was exploring the beach, jumped over a wall and unexpectedly ended up in the water, falling around 3 metres. The location was only accessible from the water and there could have been a danger if the owner had attempted to self-rescue.

‘Last year, between 9 December and 9 January, Exmouth’s volunteer Crew were called out to five dog rescues. Unfortunately, one was a fatality. This of course is devastation for the owners but as dog lovers ourselves, it affects us too.

‘Please use a lead no matter how familiar your dog is with the area, especially on cliffs and by fast moving water. The most well-trained dogs can fall off cliff tops as they can easily be distracted by wildlife and other things. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard – do not attempt rescue yourself.’

Author: Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI

Emma Tarling has been a Lifeboat Press Officer at Exmouth Lifeboat Station since May 2011. She is one of over 250 volunteers who work to raise the profile of the RNLI through the media.