‘Keep your dog on a lead when walking near the cliffs’ - the message from Exmouth RNLI after Monday night’s rescue of a dog; a lucky escape after falling from Orcombe Point

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A 14-year-old Jack Russell dog had a dice with death when she fell from the cliffs near Orcombe Point on Monday evening.

The pet, called Paula, had been chasing rabbits while being walked near the Geoneedle, on the Jurassic Coast, when the dog ran over the cliff face and fell to the beach below.

Paula’s worried owners called the emergency services when they realised the incoming tide would make it too dangerous to rescue their much-loved pet.

The pet was recovered safe and well by the Exmouth inshore lifeboat crew, who found the dog at the base of the cliffs.

The dog’s owners took their pet to the vet where it was checked for injuries.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: “The three crew volunteers had located Paula on the beach and recovered her to the inshore lifeboat.

“At this point, the owners threw down a lead to help restrain the Jack Russell who had become shaken and frightened by the ordeal.

“Trainee crew volunteer Paul Fox stayed on the beach with Paula whilst the two remaining volunteers picked up one of the owners from West Steps. Then all four, plus dog, returned to the lifeboat station.”

The Jack Russell’s lucky escape has prompted Exmouth RNLI and coastguard team to urge dog walkers to keep the animals under close control, on leads, near cliffs.

Rachel Hughes, volunteer deputy launching authority at Exmouth RNLI, said: “The owners were very grateful for our assistance, but needless to say there won’t be any more chasing rabbits for Paula now - they will invest in a long retractable lead.

She added: “Please keep your dogs under control whilst walking along cliffs. Paula’s owners realised the dangers of the fast approaching tide and did the right thing in not putting themselves at any further risk by attempting the rescue themselves.”



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