31 May 2006 31SB0506 Exmouth RNLI crew retrieve cliff fall spaniels from beach The crew of the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were called in last night to rescue two dogs that had fallen 150 feet over steep cliffs. The Cocker Spaniels called Charlie and Archie, dropped uninjured onto the beach at Orcombe Point but their owners couldn’t reach them. The RNLI is a registered With the tide rising, local coastguards called in the charity that s aves li ves at sea. volunteer crew of the RNLI D class inshore lifeboat, Spirit It provides, on c all, the 24- of the Exe, to recover the dogs and return them to their hour s ervic e necess ary to grateful owners. cover search and rescue requirements to 100 nautical miles out from the One of the w omen w ho owned the dogs, raised the alar m yesterday coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic evening (Tuesday 30 May). She w as unable to reach the animals on the of Ireland. beach because the steps dow n the cliff were out of action. Ex mouth coastguard rescue team then decided to call in the Ex mouth inshore There are over 230 lifeboat lifeboat to retrieve the dogs that w ere running around the sand, despite stations. the 150-f oot fall they had endured. RNLI Lifeguards operate i n the s outh and south west of Tim Mock, RNLI Coxsw ain at Ex mouth, says the ow ner was very England. grateful: The RNLI further saves lives through sea and ‘These dogs w ere very lucky to have survived such a big fall, but the beac h educ ation. inshore lifeboat crew found them alive and w ell and had no trouble persuading them to sit in the lifeboat for the journey back to Ex mouth. The RNLI depends on vol untary contributi ons and The ow ners w ere grateful to the volunteer crew and delighted to see her legacies for its i ncome. dogs again, they even gave us a donation for the RNLI.’ Vision ‘The main role of the RNLI is to save lives at sea, but its very satisfying To be recognised uni versall y to have helped tw o people w ho w ere clearly distressed at loosing their as the most effecti ve, innovati ve and dependabl e dogs over such a drop. Cliff paths can be very dangerous places, so its lifeboat ser vice. alw ays best to keep your dog on a lead w hen near the edge.’ ENDS Royal National Lifeboat Institution headquarter s: Notes to editors West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH 15 1HZ Tel 0845 122 6999 Tw o pictures are attached. One shows the dogs, Charlie and Fax 0845 126 1999 Archie, in the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat w ith volunteer Charit y regi ster ed in crew (from left to right) Roy Stott, Scott Ranft and Andrew England: 209603 Stott. The other is a group shot showing (from left to right) Republic of Ir eland: CHY2678 Mike Powell and Paul Howell from Exm outh Coastguard Rescue Team , RNLI crew volunteers Scott Ranft and Roy Stott, coastguard Matt Blow er, crewm an Andy Stott, the two ow ners and their dogs, Charlie and Archie. Please credit Exmouth RNLI. The RNLI is a registered charity that continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income , and received no UK government funding. The RNLI campaign called ‘Train one, save m any’ aims to raise money to train all its volunteer crews. It costs £1,000 a year to train one volunteer crew to help save lives at sea. For further information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Media Relations Manager for the south, on 07786 668847.