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Lifeboat rescues rabbit-chasing dog after clifftop fall

A rabbit-chasing dog had a dramatic rescue after falling over a cliff edge on the rugged Pembrokeshire coast.

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Bosun and crew member Tom on the rocks

RNLI’s St David’s inshore lifeboat was called to the dramatic rescue on Monday (27 March) around 11am at the bottom of cliffs between St Nons and Caerfai Bay.

The volunteer crew were assisted by the coastguard in locating Bosun the dog, who after a short boat-ride, was reunited with his family at Porthclais Harbour.

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Bosun from cliff
Bosun the dog being rescued from the bottom of the cliff
(Image: HM Coastguard St Davids)
Bosun in the lifeboat
Bosun the dog in the lifeboat
(Image: RNLI St Davids)
Bosun with rescuers Ellen, Tom and Martin
Bosun with rescuers Ellen, Tom and Martin
(Image: RNLI St Davids)

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, says: “Bosun gave his owners quite a fright when he chased a rabbit over a cliff edge, but thankfully he was unharmed and relieved to see the crew.

“Bosun’s owners did the right thing in calling 999 for assistance rather than attempting to rescue. When walking on coast paths, we recommend that dogs are kept on short leads to avoid risk of them falling over cliff faces.”

(Lead image: RNLI)

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  1. Robert morgan

    3rd April 2023 at 1:17 pm

    That’s a spaniel for you

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