The dog’s owner had phoned for help when his dog went off a cliff at Frenchman’s Bay, South Shields. Humber Coastguard immediately requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat and tasked the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade to assist from shore. The response was as a precaution in case the dog’s owner attempted to rescue his pet and got into difficulty himself.
Launching at 12:56 and arriving on scene just five minutes later the lifeboat crew were guided to the location of the dog by members of the SSVLB and two crewmen went onto the beach. Sadly, the dog had been killed by the fall so the volunteers placed it in a body bag and took it round to the beach at Sandhaven where it was passed to its owner who had been taken there by the SSVLB.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station, arriving at 13:36.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble