Rescue teams save dog after 40ft cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 16:52 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:11 21 September 2015

The dog being rescued by members of Burnham Area Rescue Boat. (Photo courtesy of BARB)

The dog being rescued by members of Burnham Area Rescue Boat. (Photo courtesy of BARB)

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A DOG which fell off a Brean Down cliff was saved by a rescue hovercraft yesterday (Sunday).

The dog being rescued by members of Burnham Area Rescue Boat. (Photo courtesy of BARB)The dog being rescued by members of Burnham Area Rescue Boat. (Photo courtesy of BARB)

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea were called after a man dialled 999 when his dog Blaze fell around 40ft down a cliff on the south side of the Down, leaving it injured.

Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to the scene just before 2pm, before RNLI lifeboats rescued the man and Blaze from rocks near the end of the Dow.

They were then transferred at the water’s edge into the care of Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) who brought them back to safety on Brean beach on their Spirit of Leleina hovercraft.

Dave Welland, Burnham Coastguard officer, said: “This was a great example of multi-agency team working. The man had clambered down the cliffs to reach his dog at the water’s edge, but then found he was unable to get back up.”

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