There is nothing better than enjoying a lovely walk with your dog at the coast taking in sea air, grabbing some exercise and enjoying time with your friends and family. However, lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT) are frequently called out to rescue dogs that have entered the water for one reason or another or fallen over the edge of a cliff. Sometimes their owners will enter the water to try and rescue them too. In 2019 RNLI crews were launched 157 times to incidents involving dogs.
Our Community Safety Team held a mobile stand at Dumpton Gap, near Broadstairs on March 1st aimed at giving safety advice to dog walkers. Weather for the event marked a complete turnaround to previous weekends where the country had faced several major storms. So a combination of a beautiful sunny morning and lower winds that many dog walkers took advantage of the conditions and the stunning coastline that Thanet has to offer.
Our stand was carried out by Thanet RNLI Community Safety Advisers, John Homer and Ian Lockyer. They had good in-depth conversations with just over 300 people, mainly concentrating on dog walkers. This number also included walkers and runners. Advice included what to do if an owner was cut off from their dog along the coast as well as advice on local tidal cut off points.
One of the things that the team noticed was that nearly all the local dog walkers were aware of the local cut off points and also used tidal apps and almanacs.
Every member of the public that the team spoke to were very positive about the advice given and favourable to everything the RNLI does. Even the stand proved popular with the dogs with several marking their territory on the panels.
Overall a fantastic, positive morning with some good advice given.
The drier weather made a very welcome return on Sunday (20th October) helping to swell visitors to Thanet’s beaches. Our Community Safety team took advantage of the increase in coastal visitors by visiting Dumpton Gap and Ramsgate beaches to help share the coastal safety messages to dog walkers.
As well as reminding and refreshing dog wallkers about not to enter the water if their doggie goes for an extended swim or gets stuck in a perilious position on a cliff, the team spoke about:
carrying a calling for help device such as as fully charged mobile phone
checking the tides and weather before setting off on coastal walk
if going out on your own letting someone know where you are going and what time you will return
being aware of your surroundings at all times
take notice and heed local hazard warning signs
know to call the Coastguard if they hear or see an animal or person who they think maybe in difficulty in the water or at the coast
Our team would like to thank everyone for their time in stopping to chat and we hope you all enjoyed the rest of your walks! Also a big thank you to the RNLI HQ Poole team for delivering and supplying the new Dog Safety signs which went down really well on the beach!
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