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Lifeboat crew warn of dog walking along beach

Stranraer RNLI rescuing a speedboat

Stranraer Lifeboat crew are warning dog owners of walking dogs along the beach, after they rescued one over the weekend.

Two members went to a call out on Saturday, 20 May at 5.10pm after receiving a phone call to report a dog in the water under the pier.

Without using a lifeboat, the crew went down the pier ladders, rescuing the frightened dog at the top of a set of steps below the pier.

Never go in water after a dog. Always call for help.

– Stranraer lifeboat spokesperson

They managed to get a lead on the dog and walk it back down the steps to the water, in which it swam, with the crew, back to the pier.

The crew then handed the dog back to the owners.

They say members of the public need to be careful when walking dogs along the beach or piers.

Dog rescued by Stranraer lifeboat team

Stranraer pier. Credit: ITV Border

Stranraer's RNLI volunteers have rescued a dog that was trapped beneath the town's pier.

They were called just after 5pm yesterday afternoon to help the frightened pet, called Storm, which was stuck on a set of steps below the pier.

The lifeboat was not needed, but two team members donned their drysuits, lifejackets and helmets, and descended the pier ladder to rescue the dog.

They managed to clip on its lead, and coax it into the water, where Storm swam with the volunteers back to the pier ladder and was reunited with its owners, who later took to Facebook to voice their gratitude.

Thank you so much for rescuing my dog!! It's good to know you were able to help. Thank you from Storm who is none the worse for his ordeal.

– Storm's owner


Dog owners urged to avoid palm oil

Palm oil has been washing up on the region's beaches. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Dog owners in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to avoid palm oil on the region's beaches.

The local council says nuggets of the substance are being washed ashore on beaches in the Stranraer and Wig Bay areas.

A clean up has taken place around Stranraer, but more palm oil is being left on the shore with the tide.

Palm oil is harmless to humans but can have serious health effects and even be fatal if eaten by dogs.


Dementia house opens in Stranraer

The house. Credit: ITV Border

A house full of gadgets to help families care for relatives who are elderly or have dementia has been opened in Stranraer.

Some of the items on show include a 'talking' microwave.

The aim is to help the most vulnerable people in our society live better, more independent lives.

The house has been set up by Loreburn Housing Association, and healthcare professionals.

Woman reported missing from Stranraer

Ellery Stanage, 25 Credit: Police Scotland

A woman from Stranraer has been reported missing.

Ellery Stanage, 25, was last seen at 5:30am on Tuesday morning, near Galloway Community Hospital on Dalrymple street in Stranraer.

She is described as 5ft10", of slim build with red/auburn shoulder-length hair.

She was last seen wearing a green jacket, camouflage leggings and black shoes.

Police have asked anyone with more information to call them on 101.

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