Dog seriously injured after Exmouth cliff fall

13:57 21 July 2014

Pictured here is Harvey, a golden retriever, who escaped serious injury and was rescued by coastguard teams from Exmouth and Beer when on Saturday he fell from cliffs near Western Steps at Orcombe Point.

Pictured here is Harvey, a golden retriever, who escaped serious injury and was rescued by coastguard teams from Exmouth and Beer when on Saturday he fell from cliffs near Western Steps at Orcombe Point.


A trio of dogs were rescued by the emergency services over the weekend after falling from cliffs at Exmouth. Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets on leads

Dog owners walking along cliffs at Exmouth are being warned to use leads or face possible tragedy if their pet falls from the top.

The message comes after three dogs fell from cliffs at Orcombe Point over the weekend.

One of the animals suffered a badly broken front leg after plunging almost one hundred feet from the Geo Needle onto the beach below.

Nigel Snowshall, of Exmouth Beach Rescue Club, whose members helped in one of the rescues, said: “I would appeal to all dog owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking them along the cliff path.

“Most of the area is not fenced; with no warning or indication of where the edge is or of the drop below.

“If a dog decides to chase a bird or rabbit or even just wonder too close to the edge it can end in tragedy.”

Harvey, a golden retriever, escaped serious injury and was rescued by coastguard teams from Exmouth and Beer when on Saturday he fell from cliffs near Western Steps at Orcombe Point.

Paul Howell, Exmouth coastguard station manager, said: “Exmouth RNLI lifeguards offered their assistance to pinpoint the exact location with their jet-ski but due to the size of Harvey they were unable to recover the dog themselves.

“Exmouth coastguard officers were deployed in full water rescue gear and walked around Orcombe Point to the Geoneedle at high tide.

“They were able to assist Harvey back to the western steps where the owner was waiting.”

A couple from Willand watched in horror as their two lurcher dogs disappeared without warning over the cliff edge on Sunday lunchtime.

Mr Snowshall said: “The owners, who had made their way down nearby steps onto the beach, were remarkably calm despite it being obvious that one of the dogs, Pixie a two-year old, had a badly broken front leg.

“The tide was in therefore our Arancia rescue boat was called in to transport the injured dog along with the lady back to their car some way along Exmouth beach.

“The second dog seemed to have escaped any major injury and was walked back over the cliffs to Exmouth by the gentleman.

“The owners immediately took both dogs to their own vets for check-ups and treatment.”

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