The Royal National Lifeboat Institution team has established a reputation because of their self-sacrificing and successful rescue operations. But they not only go out of their ways to save human lives. For them, animal lives are just as precious. They proved this during a rescue operation in April 2021.
In North Yorkshire, England, a man and his Jack Russell Terrier pup went missing when the pair visited an area near Skinningrove. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution immediately dispatched a lifeboat and was able to find the missing man before the temperature dropped to below freezing. But their rescue wasn’t a complete success since the pup was still nowhere to be found.
Murphy, the name of the missing pup, was still out in the open and separated from his fur dad. Ed Thomas, one of the volunteers on the rescue team, said that he couldn’t get the missing pup out of his head. After a few days passed, Ed was still hopeful that they would be able to find Murphy. One morning, he decided to take his pup, Olly, along with him and walk around the area they found the missing man.
As they were walking, they heard barking sounds coming from a place where big rocks were sitting. As they got closer to the barking sound, Ed said that Olly started to bark back. Ed was sure that the sound was coming from within the rocks, so he peeked into a hole and saw an adorable pup staring back at him. It was Murphy, the missing dog!
Murphy felt stressed and scared, so his initial reaction to Ed trying to save him was to bark and growl at him. Ed contacted other rescuers to help him carry the heavy rocks that trapped the pup. Once they were able to remove them, they discovered that a piece of rock was pinning one of the pup’s back legs.
After they released the pup, Murphy started to calm down and allowed Ed to carry him on his shoulders. Thanks to Ed’s persistence and the other rescuers’ help, Murphy is now reunited with his fur dad. The pup was also given medical attention for his leg and is quickly recovering his strength.
Credits to RNLI