Happy ending for distressed Beauty
A YOUNG dog called Beauty was happily bouncing round Padstow on Tuesday afternoon thanks to Rock RNLI volunteer James Batters.
The pup had managed to get stuck halfway up a cliff and when it started to get upset, James climbed out of the lifeboat and up the cliff face to rescue it.
Beauty had gone over the 20-metre cliff between St Saviour's Point and Padstow and was stuck halfway, while his owners were left worried on a neighbouring beach.
The Rock RNLI volunteers launched the D class inshore lifeboat Rusper but initially couldn't get up the cliff that was covered in brambles and gorse with an unstable surface.
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James Batters, RNLI helmsman at Rock, said: "We decided to call the coastguard cliff rescue team but then the dog started to sound very distressed so I made the decision to climb the cliff.
"I had to go a good 15 metres up to reach Beauty. I was then able to safely bring him down the cliff and deliver him back to his owners."
RNLI lifeboat crews are sometimes called on by the coastguard to help recover dogs to ensure distressed owners don't put themselves in danger trying to rescue their pets.