Wicklow Inshore lifeboat launched to assist dog owner

Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched on Friday morning, to investigate a report of a dog climbing down cliffs and entering the water.

The lifeboat was on scene four minutes later near Brides Head. Conditions were calm in the area with good visibility.

Speaking after the callout, Helm Dean Mulvihill said:”We spotted the dog in the water near Brides Head, it turned around as we approached and made its way back to shore before climbing back up the cliff. We could see the owner retrieve the dog and once it was safe we stood down and returned to station. We were happy to help and would remind dog owners to ensure to look after their own personal safety and don’t get into danger trying to attempt a rescue themselves.”

Our top tips for walking your dog by the water:

Keep your dog on a lead when you’re close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.

Don’t go after your dog if they go into the water.

If you’re worried about your dog, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. Don’t put yourself at risk by going into the water after them.

This was the first callout for the Inshore boat this year and the second ‘shout’ this month for the Wicklow RNLI volunteer crew.

Crew List: Helm Dean Mulvihill, Alan Goucher and John Stapleton.

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