Dog rescued after fall from Exmouth cliffs on owners first date

PUBLISHED: 10:13 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 14 December 2017

Luther with Crew volunteers and Philippa and Michael. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Luther with Crew volunteers and Philippa and Michael. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

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Philippa Ruggier had been enjoying a first date cliffside walk on Exmouth sea front when her dog, Luther, slipped from the cliff and fell to the beach. The half-German pointer half-Hungarian vizla sustained cuts to his paws.

Helm, Ian Taylor bandaging Luther�s paw. Picture: Exmouth RNLIHelm, Ian Taylor bandaging Luther�s paw. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

A dog got away with cuts to his paw after falling from Exmouth cliffs during his owner’s first date.

Luther, a half-German pointer half-Hungarian vizla, fell from the cliffs around 30 metres from Orcombe Point after ‘looking at the view’.

His owner, Philippa Ruggier, had been on a first date when the incident happened.

According to an RNLI spokesman, the couple were walking to Sandy Bay and back when Luther slipped down the cliff face.

Crew volunteer, Harry Griffin washing Luther�s legs after sustaining a cut. Picture: Exmouth RNLICrew volunteer, Harry Griffin washing Luther�s legs after sustaining a cut. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

The couple called 999 and asked for the coastguard who in turn tasked Exmouth’s lifeboat volunteers.

The inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at around 12.20pm.

Crew volunteers were on the scene within four minutes and found Luther on the beach and took him to safety on board the lifeboat.

Once back at the station, Luther’s cut paw, an injury sustained during his fall, was bandaged.

Exmouth RNLI community safety officer, Dave Littlefield, said: “We do our best to advise the public to keep their dogs on leads when walking along the cliffs.

“Philippa and Michael did the right thing to call 999 and not attempt rescue themselves as this could have put them in danger themselves.”

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