RNLI rescue dog after 40ft cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 April 2015

The dog being rescued by the lifeboat crew.

The dog being rescued by the lifeboat crew.

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A DOG was rescued after it fell 40ft from a cliff.

The spaniel-cross went missing from the top of Brean Down on Sunday morning, and its owners feared it had fallen into the sea.

Volunteers from Burnham Coastguard, Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) and Weston RNLI all helped in the search by boat.

Some of the RNLI crew also went ashore to search the area underneath the cliffs, which is inaccessible from the land.

The Burnham crew discovered the dog on the south side of Brean Down with a laceration from its fall.

Weston RNLI picked up the dog on a D Class lifeboat and took it to Burnham beach where it was reunited with its owners.

Weston RNLI helsman Nigel Congram said: “We only rescue animals to avoid their owners getting themselves into trouble trying to rescue them.”

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