Man and dog rescued from cliff in Torbay

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A man and dog were rescued from cliffs in Torbay today by coastguard crews.

The dog’s owner, who had tried to rescue the dog after it went over the cliff, then needed rescuing himself.

The incident happened on the coastal path between Sharkham and St Marys beach in Brixham at around 12.45pm.

Berry Head Coastguard said on Facebook today: “Once on scene we were met by the first informant who was able to take us directly to the point the dog was last seen. Although we could not see the dog from this position we were able to hear her.

“Team members were deployed to the beach to RV with the dog’s owners, one of which had attempted to climb up the cliff towards the dog. Unfortunately the owner had misjudged the scale of the cliff and consequently became a second causality.

“Team members at the top of the cliff quickly assembled a hold fast system using natural anchors and were able to safely lower a cliff tech down to the gentleman’s location. Once the male was safely back on the beach our cliff tech was able to go back and collect his dog.

“Whilst we appreciate a man’s best friend really is his dog, we strongly advise to leave cliff rescues to the Coastguard. We have fantastic state of the art equipment specially designed for scenarios such as todays as well as the support and back up of partner agencies. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your pets on leads when walking along beautiful coastal paths!”

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