Cocker Spaniel saved from cliff face in dramatic rescue

Coastguards rescued a dog that got stuck on a cliff-face in West Dorset.

Both the West Bay and Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue teams were alerted by Solent Coastguard NMOC (National Maritime Operations Centre) to reports of a dog that was trapped on the cliff face near Eype yesterday afternoon.

The two year old Cocker Spaniel was stranded on a series of narrow grass ledges about half way down the cliff, in between Eype and West Bay near Highlands End Holiday Park.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard said: “Officers from West Bay quickly made their way to the station to pick up their equipment and rescue vehicle, then headed straight to Highlands End to RV with the Lyme Regis team.

“Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service were also responding to the incident by sending a local crew from Bridport, as well as their Technical Rope Rescue Team.

“On arrival, Coastguard Officers liaised with the dogs owners as well as the fire crew from Bridport that had arrived just ahead of us, to get a clearer idea of where the dog was located.

“Under the command of the West Bay Officer in Charge (OIC), the Coastguard set up for a technical rope rescue and deployed a ‘Cliff Technician’ over the edge of the cliff to rescue the dog.

“The young dog however had no intention of being rescued, instead preferring to eat all of the Coastguards coveted doggy treats and staying just out of arms reach, moving freely between the narrow grass ledges.

“In the end it became a game of patience…

“After around 30 mins and just before the fire service were about to deploy one of their technical rope officers to assist, the dog finally gave up and submitted to being rescued.

“This was well timed, as the Coastguard had just run out of doggy treats.

The dog was carefully placed into the teams animal rescue bag, then both dog and Coastguard were winched back to the top of the cliff where the relieved owners were waiting.

“Accidents do happen, and we applaud the dogs owners for immediately calling the Coastguard when they found themselves in difficulty, rather than attempting a self rescue which can all too easily put human lives at risk.”

He said people should adhere to the following guidelines: * Always keep your dog on a lead whilst walking on the cliffs.

* Should an incident occur, never attempt a self rescue as you could be putting your own life at risk.

* Instead, dial 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD who will send a specially trained Cliff Rescue team 


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