Coastguard rescues puppy after cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 12:56 04 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:56 04 June 2015

Views from Sand Point.

Views from Sand Point.

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THE coastguard rescued a puppy which had fallen off a 40ft cliff in Weston yesterday (Wednesday).

At 11.45am the coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public whose dog had fallen over the cliff on the north side of Sand Point.

Coastguard cliff rescue teams from Weston and Clevedon were sent to the scene.

Upon arrival, coastguards found a Doberman puppy which had fallen around 40 feet onto the rocks.

Two of the dog’s owners had climbed down the cliff help the pet.

As tide was low the coastguard was able to direct the family to safety without the need for rescue.

A spokesman for the coastguard told the Mercury: “Happily the dog did not appear to be badly injured but was taken to local vets for a check-up.

“While this incident ended happily, it could have been a very different story.

“Our advice to dog walkers is clear, always keep dogs on leads near cliff edges and, if the worst should happen, never attempt self-rescue.

“While dogs sometimes have a remarkable ability to survive such falls, people do not.”

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