Dunbar’s Lifeboat crew launched yesterday (Sat) to help with a dog that had become stuck at the foot of cliffs.
UK Coastguard paged the crew at 4.20pm after receiving a report from a concerned dog owner that his six-year-old spaniel Maisie was stranded on rocks near the Glebe, with her foot caught in her collar.
The crew launched the in-shore lifeboat (ILB) minutes later but when they arrived on scene Maisie had freed herself and was making her own way back along rocks at the foot of cliffs at Winterfield towards the golf course.
Crew members left the lifeboat and tried to coax Maisie to safety, as her owner, accompanied by members of Dunbar and North Berwick Coastguard teams, arrived.
With the help of a friend’s dog, Maisie was reunited with her owner moments later. Although suffering from a sore paw and appearing wet and shaking, Maisie seemed otherwise none the worse for her ordeal.
Her owner, who lives near Winterfield Gold Course, explained Maisie was a rescue dog who loved running on the rocks and had managed to take off after someone left a garden gate open. On this occasion she seemed to get cut off by the tide and found herself in difficulty.
Maisie’s owner did the right thing by calling the Coastguard for help. The RNLI’s advice to dog owners is always to seek help if their pets get into trouble. If they go into water or mud move to a safe place and call them. Dogs often get themselves out of trouble but people risk finding themselves in danger if they enter the water to rescue them.
The ILB returned to the station and by 5.20pm was refuelled and ready for service.
Crew: Gordon Kirkham, Rowan Davies, Rebecca Miller, Douglas Wight