RNLI volunteer jumps Into sea to save pet
A Devon dog is safe and well after being pulled from the sea at Dawlish Warren. A volunteer on board Exmouth's RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued the pet, which had fallen nine feet after jumping over a wall at Red Rock just after 4pm on Sunday afternoon.
Within six minutes of the 999 call for help, the lifeboat was on the scene. In a notable swell, rising tide and fading light, volunteer Henry Mock jumped in to recover the medium sized, black dog called Ted and passed him to the owner. Within quarter of an hour they were on their way back to Exmouth's lifeboat station and the D class lifeboat was ready for service again at 4.50pm. Teignmouth & Torbay coastguard rescue teams were also tasked.
Helm Roy Stott says: "This type of shout has become routine for us. Ted was exploring the beach, jumped over a wall and unexpectedly ended up in the water. 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."