Funded by charitable donations, the lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have saved at least 140,000 lives at sea since 1824.

A week ago, an RNLI crew spotted a sheep on some of England’s highest sea cliffs. Just as they were wondering how it got there, a dog’s head popped up.

A springer spaniel had been stranded for days 30 feet above the water on a rocky cliff just below Foreland Light House in North Devon. The dog ‘Sprigg’ who had been missing more than a week was stuck on such a narrow ledge, he could turn around.

Andrew Escott managed to jump ashore and climb up to the nine-year-old dog. The D-class boat – designed for working close inshore – was then called in so the dog could be lowered down safely.

He had been the subject of a major search by his owners, Mark and Susie Sanders, from Wheddon Cross, near Minehead. They and their family had organized search parties and scoured the area around Foreland Point after the dog disappeared during a walk there. They had plastered the area with posters appealing for any sightings while local fishing boats and an animal ambulance team from North Devon had checked along the shoreline.

“I just could not believe it when we had a call to say the lifeboat crew had spotted him and rescued him,” said Mrs Sanders. “It’s amazing: the best news ever. Bless them.”

(WATCH the video below from RNLI)

Photo credit: RNLI


Leave a Reply