Dog rescued by lifeboat after Orcombe Point cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 16:44 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:44 22 July 2013


A dog which fell from cliffs at Orcombe Point has been rescued by lifeboat crews, after being cut off by rising tides.

Missy, a black spaniel, was on a walk with her owner’s relative when she ran towards the cliff edge, and fell 50m onto the sandy beach below as high tide was approaching.

Exmouth RNLI was alerted, and the inshore lifeboat George Bearman went to the scene, where Missy’s keeper had rushed through the rising tide to find her.

Both the man and his dog, who had now found themselves cut off by the sea, were taken back to the lifeboat station by crew volunteers Scott Ranft, Roger Jackson, and helmsman Ian Taylor.

Waiting coastguards took Missy to a vet for treatment, and she was found to have broken bones in her leg, as well as internal injuries from which she is recovering.

Volunteer lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley said: “Dogs need to be kept their leads whilst walking on the cliffs, whether their owners are here on holiday or live local.

“In this case, the young man did the right thing and didn’t follow the dog’s path, in which case he could have found himself in more danger.

“Although he didn’t intend to walk near to the water’s edge, he was caught out by the rapid change of tides that we experience near Exmouth.

“Be prepared and be aware of the times of the tides – you can buy a tide table from our souvenir shop.”

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