by Chiswick RNLI

Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat crew rescue dog without launching.

A ten year old staffie was cared for by the duty lifeboat crew on Wednesday evening 12 December 2018 after he was found wandering near Chiswick Pier.

Missing dog in Chiswick Lifeboat crew room

There were no owner details as the dog’s collar was broken so photos were posted on social media; the crew then rang round local vets to see if any could scan the dog for a chip. The owner had also been ringing round local vets and finally spoke to one who said he had better call Chiswick Lifeboat station.

Soon after, there was a tearful reunion; the crew were happy to help resolve a distressing situation, the tenth involving a dog this year but the only doggie incident where they didn’t have to launch the lifeboat.

The dog had gone missing near Ravenscourt Park and had made his way over a mile to Chiswick Pier when a passer by saw he was on his own, and asked the duty crew to look after him.

RNLI crew member Cub Llewellyn-Davies said “It wasn’t ideal to be caring for a dog on our night shift as we could be called out at any time. Fortunately he was reunited with his owner during the evening”

RNLI Media contacts:

David Clarke, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Chiswick), 07951 21 0500

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station is the second busiest in the UK and Ireland. Since the RNLI search and rescue service on the Thames started in 2002, Chiswick Lifeboat has attended over 3,500 incidents and rescued over 1,730 people. As well as saving lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, the RNLI also plays a huge part in protecting people’s safety on some of our inland waterways including the River Thames, where it operates four lifeboat stations at Teddington, Chiswick, Waterloo Bridge (Tower Lifeboat Station) and Gravesend. Tower and Chiswick are the two busiest RNLI stations, responding to around 10% of the calls across all 238 RNLI stations in 2018. Unlike many other stations, Tower, Chiswick and Gravesend operate with a round-the-clock crew who are ready to launch within 90 seconds of an emergency call coming in. At each station, the full-time crew work alongside volunteers who come from all different 'day jobs' such as bankers, TV producers, civil servants, students and other emergency services, and give up their time to help save lives on the Thames.