Moel­fre dog res­cue to fea­ture in TV show

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AN ANGLESEY lifeboat crew who res­cued a dog af­ter the an­i­mal fell 130ft into the sea, is just one dra­matic in­ci­dent in North Wales to fea­ture in a new BBC se­ries about the RNLI.

The 12-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries ‘Sav­ing Lives at Sea’ be­gins on BBC2 this Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 16) and high­lights the work of the vol­un­teer ser­vice around the UK and Ir­ish coasts.

One of the episodes shows the res­cue of a Bischon Frise named Flossy by Moel­fre RNLI in Fe­bru­ary this year, af­ter her own­ers had lost sight of her dur­ing a walk.

Flossy plunged 130ft into the sea at Porth Wen, near Aml­wch, Anglesey.

Moel­fre’s in­shore lifeboat, aided by Ce­maes Bay and Holy­head Coast­guard teams, mounted the search.

Af­ter guid­ance from their Coast­guard col­leagues, lifeboat crew found Flossy, shak­ing but un­hurt.

Vince Jones, Moel­fre’s helms­man and sta­tion me­chanic, said at the time of the in­ci­dent: “Flossy was ex­tremely lucky to have come away un­scathed from the fall.

“It’s amaz­ing she sur­vived fall­ing from such a height, although she wasn’t too keen on our crews in their bright yel­low dry­suits.”

Early episodes in the BBC se­ries will fea­ture the Moel­fre res­cue and Porth­cawl lifeboat crews res­cu­ing a horse rider who suf­fered nasty in­juries af­ter fall­ing on a re­mote beach.

Later episodes will fea­ture res­cues by an­other seven Welsh lifeboat sta­tions, de­tails of which will be re­vealed later.

The first episode will be shown on Wed­nes­day 16 Au­gust from 8–9pm on BBC Two and fol­lows on from a suc­cess­ful four-part se­ries broad­cast last year.

The se­ries was filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews and life­guards car­ry­ing spe­cial cam­eras and wel­com­ing film-mak­ers into their day-to-day life.

Last year RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ire­land res­cued 8,643 peo­ple, sav­ing 431 lives. In ad­di­tion the char­ity’s life­guards re­sponded to 17,414 in­ci­dents and saved 127 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

The RNLI op­er­ates 238 lifeboat sta­tions in the UK and Ire­land and has more than 240 life­guard units on beaches around the UK.

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and life­guards have saved over 142,200 lives, more than twice the pop­u­la­tion of Anglesey.

Flossy, a Bischon Frise, is re­united with her own­ers af­ter be­ing saved by the RNLI

Labour Leader Jeremy Cor­byn will be in Ban­gor this Satur­day at 1.30pm

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