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RNLI Charles Lidbury goes to the rescue of Blue the spaniel!

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Aith lifeboat Charles Lidbury was called out at approximately 8:22pm on 30 June 2018, to go to the aid of a cocker spaniel stuck down some cliffs.

Crew member Graham Johnston with dog Blue in Y boat

RNLI/Nick McCaffrey

Crew member Graham Johnston with dog Blue in Y boat

The spaniel, which was called Blue, was stuck down cliffs just south of the Muckle Roe lighthouse, in the north of Shetland.

Once the volunteer crew arrived at the scene, the Y class lifeboat was launched, and with some help from the dog owners, the crew managed to locate the dog at the bottom of the cliffs.

The Y class lifeboat approached the dog, and crew member Graham Johnston then reached over and recovered Blue into the lifeboat. They then headed to a nearby beach at Muckle Roe, where his owners, and the Hillswick Coastguard team were waiting to get Blue onto dry land.

Volunteer crew member Nick McCaffrey said: ‘the dog was lovely and just wanted to rest’.

Blue seemed none the worse for his mishap, and after reuniting him with his owners, the crew then returned to RNLI Aith Lifeboat Station.

In 2017, there were a total of 8,436 lifeboat launches, and on average 22 people were aided each day.
Blue in Y boat

RNLI/Nick McCaffrey

Blue in Y boat
Crew member Graham Johnston with Blue the spaniel in Y boat

RNLI/Nick McCaffrey

Crew member Graham Johnston and Blue

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