Padstow RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were launched today following a report that a dog fell from a cliff at Trevose Head.
A Coastguard cliff rescue team were called to the scene and the all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Padstow launched at 12:05pm. The volunteer crew quickly located the dog, but unfortunately, on arrival, they confirmed that the pet had died as a result of the fall.
With big sea swells the Padstow crew were unable to take the lifeboat close enough to the cliffs to retrieve the dog.
The inshore lifeboat from Newquay was launched and reached the scene by 12:30pm. The helmsman was able to get closer into the cliffs to retrieve the dog from the water.
The dog was then transported to Padstow lifeboat which returned to the station at 1.25pm where the owner was waiting.
Padstow RNLI Mechanic and Second Coxswain, Mike England, said: ‘We are very sorry that the dog died as a result of the fall. The owner did the right thing by calling for help immediately.
‘We would always urge people not to climb down a cliff or go into the water after a pet, but instead call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
‘The RNLI would also recommend that people keep dogs on a lead when walking close to cliff edges.’