Tenby all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ launched at 13:05 on Tuesday 29 October after Milfordhaven Coastguard received a frantic call from a dog owner after their dog Spice, a chocolate Labrador fell from a high cliff near Stackpole Quay.
The dog survived the fall and was reported to be swimming, but tiring, having swum for some time in difficult sea conditions. The lifeboat made best speed to Stack pole some 9 miles South West of Tenby.
The coxswain and crew assessed the situation and launched the ‘Y’ boat with two volunteer’s on board into dark a cove. St Govans Coast Rescue Team stood at the cliff top conning the ‘Y’ boat into position. In the meantime Spice had managed to cling to a rocky outcrop having swum for over 40 minutes. As the crew approached, the dog swam towards them only to swim away as they got near.
A crew member entered the water and guided Spice back to the boat where he was recovered. After a quick check over Spice was reunited with his tearful owners at Stack pole beach and put on his lead. Spice was taken to a local vet and given the all clear having fortunately escaped any injury.