Bilbo the lifesaving Newfoundland who regularly patrolled the beach at Sennan Cove in Cornwall has sadly passed away. His owner Steve Jamison, known as JMo, was the beach’s head lifeguard announced the news on Facebook saying:

“Just to let you know that my lovely, lovely Bilbo/Best Friend/Saviour, slipped his moorings late this afternoon and has sailed off without me. R.I.P Bilbo, Gwynver supreme 2003 – 2015.”

Take a look at some of his most memorable moments as a lifeguard caught on camera.

Forever remembered for his unique talent and lifesaving abilities, he’s a true canine hero and will be sadly missed.

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  1. Obituary for “Bilbo” from Germany:

    Life guarding by “rescue-dogs” is more than ever up-to-date in Germany, with special education and great success due to multiple advantages of dogs. This is because for us, it is solely the high quality of lifesaving that decides and not the interests of bloodless corporations. That is why beach and sea rescue in Germany is nationwide firmly in the hands of a non-profit organization (DLRG). And that is truely good so ! Also in England, wise people have already understood for long, that the mania for privatization isn’t a panacea and leads to ruin, especially when it comes to services of public good i.e. services of General Interest.

    For the local municipality I can only hope, that the story of Bilbo will be a lesson to them and that they will seize the next best opportunity to end the contract and to send this heartless private company to the devil. It has disqualified itself in all respects. All over the world, which is why one should finally publish the name once in a while, so that they get their due “reputation”. The community can be pleased, that they have such committed, competent and loyal staff like Steve in their administration and appreciate this accordingly. Immediately ! The instructor for a new “Rescue Dog” is still there …

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