Watch: RNLI crew rescues injured puppy after six-hour ordeal

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution‘s (RNLI) volunteer crew at Ilfracombe, Devon,  have shared the video of a special rescue: that of Betty, a cockapoo pup who became trapped in an isolated cove after falling 60 feet and suffering a broken leg.

The 11-month-old rescue dog slipped the lead while on a walk and, spooked by the lead clattering behind her, fell from the clifftop. She was trapped on a small ledge, unable to go up or down for hours while a Coastguard team attempted a rescue.

Betty’s owner, Karen Porter said, “She’s still very scared of strange people so when the Coastguard team went down to get her, she got scared and tumbled over the edge down onto the beach below. It was terrifying having her stuck down there, but everyone was amazing, I can’t thank the RNLI and the Coastguard enough, they were wonderful.”

Betty is now making a full recovery after breaking her front leg and suffering cuts and bruises. According to her vet, she’s making a remarkable recovery.

Ilfracombe volunteer crew member Matt Parr said, “It was a massive relief when we could see the dog on the beach and she looked OK. After a bit of difficulty calming her down, we got her into the boat pretty easily and she relaxed a bit.

“The owner did the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard and not attempting to help Betty herself. It is a great feeling to be able to hand a much-loved dog back to its owners. They were so pleased to see her.”

Betty’s rescue is far from unique. Last year, the RNLI was called out to rescue animals 209 times, saving 164 dogs, 27 dolphins, two deer, a rabbit and even a snake.

Images and video courtesy of RNLI

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