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A wave of relief as Toby the dog is saved in East Pier rescue

Monday, 9th September, 2019 6:00pm
A wave of relief as Toby the dog is saved in East Pier rescue

Kieran O’Connell rushed to the aid of Toby the dog.

A wave of relief as Toby the dog is saved in East Pier rescue

Kieran O’Connell rushed to the aid of Toby the dog.

A SMALL dog has the quick-thinking actions of a RNLI mechanic to thank after his dramatic rescue in Dún Laoghaire last week.

Kieran O’Connell rushed to the aid of Toby the dog who had fallen from a height and became trapped on the East Pier.

A member of the public rang the lifeboat station at 11.40am on Wednesday (September 4) to raise the alarm.

It was reported that the dog had fallen onto rocks and had become trapped in the water between two sets of steps half way down the pier.

The Dún Laoghaire RNLI mechanic launched the station’s boarding boat and made his way to where the dog had been in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

The lucky canine was successfully retrieved and found to be shaken but uninjured.

Speaking following the rescue, Kieran said: "Toby had quite the fall this morning and got stuck between two sets of steps before ending up in the water for about 15 minutes.

“Thankfully, while a little frightened, he was not injured and was delighted to be reunited with his owners.”

Kieran added: “We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm this morning.

“Many dog owners can find themselves in trouble when they try to rescue their pets instead of calling 999 or 112 for the Coast Guard.

“We would remind everyone that it is important to keep yourself safe when you walk with your pet.

“Keep dogs on a lead close to cliff edges or fast flowing water. If your pet does get into water, stuck in mud or falls from a height, don’t go in after them.

“Move to a place where your pet can get to safely and call them if you think they can get out by themselves.

“If you are worried about them, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard."

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