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WATCH: The safety plea to dog walkers in Cornwall

WATCH: The safety plea to dog walkers in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:28am 1st January 2018. (Updated at 9:29am 1st January 2018)

The RNLI has issued safety advice for anyone taking their dogs for a walk on the coast on New Year's Day.

The charity is urging owners not to follow their pets into the water if they get into trouble.

Sadly, a string of pets have had to be rescued or lost their lives after falling from cliffs in Cornwall in the last 12 months.

Among them, two dogs that died after going over the edge at The Rumps in January 2017.

Here is the advice they want you to stick to if you are planning a festive stroll to blow away the New Year's Eve cobwebs.

It comes just weeks after a video of a woman who swam out to save her dog went viral on social media.

South-west Coastguard Rescue Teams were among the organisations to share the footage on Facebook, as a warning to owners.

Posting just two weeks before Christmas, the team at Hartland said: "A few days ago The Maritime and Coastguard Agency were sent this alarming footage by some national newspapers and were asked to comment.

"We know more than anyone that our furry four legged friends are the best friends you can have but please leave a sea or cliff rescue to the Coastguards - who are the trained experts.

"This person is incredibly lucky that they weren't swept out to sea or injured".

They added: "Over the past few days our seas have been unforgiving. We cannot stress enough that piers, rocks, harbours and the water’s edge are not safe places to be when the weather is bad - even a small wave can come out of nowhere and quickly wash you off and into the sea.

"We would urge people to think carefully about the risks they take and be extremely careful near any body of water during bad weather.

"Our advice is always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if your dog gets into difficult at the coast.

"Always try and keep you dog on a lead and don't be tempted to go and rescue it yourself.

"Nine times out of ten a dog will rescue itself and return to shore alive, but tragically some owners do not.

"Our Coastguards are trained in all types of rescue on the coast, including dog rescues so calling the Coastguard is always the right thing to do".

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