Coastguard warning after dog cliff fall

10:12 14 April 2014

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat. File photo.

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat. File photo.

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The Coastguard have repeated warnings to dog owners to be careful near cliffs after being called to a dog over a cliff in Budleigh.

The incident happened on Friday, April 11, at Otter Point, where a dog was reported to have fallen around 30 metres, and be moving around on a seemingly inaccessible area of beach below.

Exmouth Coastguard were called out with the Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat due to concerns for the owner’s safety.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew were told that another member of the public had assisted with recovering the dog and reunited it with its owner.

The Coastguard then attempted to find the owner to confirm the circumstances of the incident, but were unable to do so.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “With the ever increasing incidents involving dogs falling over cliffs, HM Coastguard advises owners to keep their dogs on a lead at all times whilst walking the cliff tops.

“It only takes a split second for an inquisitive dog to fall over the edge whilst chasing a bird or rabbit.

“If you ever find yourself in the situation where your dog has gone over the cliff - stop! No matter how distressing the situation is, do not attempt to recover the dog yourself. You are highly likely to put yourself in severe danger.

“If you have a mobile phone - if not, ask a passer by - dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. Give clear answers and a precise as possible location to the operations room and they will task the right resources to your location.

“HM Coastguard are fully equipped and highly trained to deal with cliff rescues.

Stay safe and leave it to the professionals.”

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