RNLI Torbay celebrates dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

This week is extra special for Leyla the Collie x Jack Russell because it marks the first anniversary of the RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat saving the plucky pooch’s life after she went over the sea wall at North Quarry, Berry Head.

A photo of Leyla and her owner Beverly Atkins with the RNLI Torbay Station Mechanic, Ash McInally who helmed the inshore lifeboat on the day of the rescue

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A photo of Leyla and her owner Beverly Atkins with the RNLI Torbay Station Mechanic, Ash McInally who helmed the inshore lifeboat on the day of the rescue

To mark the occasion, Leyla and her owner Beverly Atkins visited the Torbay lifeboat station this week (Wednesday 19 December) to thank the volunteer crew for all they did and to report on Leyla’s progress since breaking her legs after her dramatic plunge.

Beverly Atkins, owner of Leyla said: ‘I can’t praise the RNLI highly enough. We were out enjoying a lovely walk at Berry Head when Leyla jumped onto the sea wall and over she went. We could see she was hurt but there was nothing we could do. I can’t tell you how relieved we were when the RNLI volunteers arrived and saved her from almost certain death.’

‘It turned out that Leyla has ruptured two of her ankles, but despite several operations she has made an amazing recovery. The RNLI Torbay crew were nothing short of fantastic.’

Ash McInally, RNLI Torbay’s Station Mechanic who helmed the Torbay Inshore Lifeboat on the day of the rescue in December 2018 said: ‘Beverly did exactly the right thing in calling the Coastguard. Owners who are worried about their dogs should never follow them into dangerous situations and instead call either 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’

Notes to editors

A photo of Leyla and her owner Beverly Atkins with the RNLI Torbay Station Mechanic, Ash McInally who helmed the inshore lifeboat on the day of the rescue is attached. Higher resolution images are available from Shona Duncan 07778 002866.

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