Weston RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) were called to Brean Down, near Weston-super-Mare, on Saturday 16 April after a member of the public reported their Labrador, Woody, had fallen from a cliff into the sea.
At 17.14, the Weston-super-Mare volunteer Lifeboat Crew received the call and D-696 “Anna Stock” and its crew headed out. They quickly located a stranded Woody, who was surrounded by sharp, dangerous rocks. Helmsman Andy Stone manoeuvred the lifeboat into a position so his two crewmen could retrieve the dog from the water safely, and quickly, without putting themselves in danger.
Remarkably, despite a 100ft fall, Woody came away with just a few scratches, and was walked back up Brean Down where the local Coastguard teams and a very grateful and relieved owner were awaiting their arrival.
Crewman Paul Sargent said, “This was a positive outcome to a potentially life threatening situation for the dog. We would like to remind dog owners that if this does happen to them not to enter the water, call 999 and ask for assistance. Entering the water has an extremely high chance of making any situation worse.”
Dogs Trust have issued a reminder to owners to keep their dogs on leads near coastlines. Runa Hanaghan, Deputy Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust says, “We would advise all dog owners to keep dogs on a lead when on cliff paths as a protective measure. It can be tempting to let your dog walk off lead, especially if that’s what they are used to and they are well trained, but keeping your dog on a lead can protect both you and your pet.”
Watch Woody’s amazing rescue below. Photos and video: Weston RNLI