Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Lucky escape for Scrappy after Anglesey cliff plunge

THE Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on Monday, August 17 after reports that a dog had fallen 40 feet off a steep cliff at Moelfre on Anglesey.

Scrappy, the three-year-old dog had been enjoying a walk with his family from Blackpool when he ventured too close to the edge of the cliffs and fell, landing on a ledge 20 feet above the sea.

The Moelfre RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was skilfully manoeuvred close to the cliff face by Helmsperson Dwynwen Parry allowing Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crewman Martin Jones to climb up a 25 foot rock face to the ledge where the dog was waiting unharmed.

Martin then successfully gained the dog’s trust, checked he had not sustained any injuries and carried him back down the cliff to the Moelfre RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. He was re-united with his extremely grateful owners, none the worse for his ordeal.

Dave Massey Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat Press officer said: "This is the second cliff incident the Moelfre RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Volunteer crew have attended in two days, and it is amazing that in both incidents no one was injured. Its not often we get called out to rescue a dog, the RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crews are always prepared, and trained to deal with any emergency."

The Moelfre RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called into action for a second time on Monday, August 17 at 6.34pm, when it launched to a 12foot sailing dingy that had lost its rudder and was unable to steer. The vessel along with its two male occupants was towed to Lligwy beach.


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