Dorset rescue teams save dog from cliff side

Dorset rescue teams save dog from cliff side

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:22am 7th March 2020. (Updated at 10:59am 7th March 2020)

The two-year-old Cocker Spaniel is rescued from a West Dorset cliff side.

West Bay and Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team were alerted by Solent Coastguard NMOC at 15:43 on Friday afternoon to reports of a dog trapped on the cliff face near Eype.

The two-year-old cocker spaniel was stranded about half way down the cliff in between Eype and West Bay, near to highlands End Holiday Park.

West Bay Coastguard

Dorset and Wiltshire fire and rescue service also sent a crew from Bridport, as well their Technical Rope Rescue Team.

After speaking to the owners to find the whereabouts of the dog, the Coastguard Officers and Fire Crew from Bridport set up a technical rope rescue and sent a rope technician over the edge of cliff to rescue the dog.

The dog did not want to be rescued and instead ate all the dog treats, staying just out of arms reach.

After 30 minutes of trying to get the dogs attention, the Fire service were about the deploy another technical rope officer to assist when the dog finally gave up and was rescued just in time, as the Coastguard had run out of treats.

The team got to christen their new animal rescue bag by carefully placing the dog in to the bag, then both dog and Coastguard were lifted back to the top of the cliff where the dog was reunited with it’s owners.

Coastguard advice remains clear:

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 to assist you.