Dog dies following cliff fall

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(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

A dog has died following a cliff fall over the weekend.

Exmouth RNLI were alerted to the incident by HM Coastguard on Saturday 1 August, a dog that had fallen from the cliffs at Budleigh Salterton just east of the River Otter mouth.

Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Peggy D’ was launched commanded by Helm, Scott Ranft and crew Henry Mock and Dave Preece. They assisted Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team in the recovery of the dog, which had fallen some distance down the cliff face.

The crew safely recovered the dog from the water. The dog had appeared to have no apparent injuries and was returned to its owner, however, the dog sadly died later.

Helm, Scott Ranft, said “It is vital when walking along cliff tops with dogs to always keep your pet under control on a short lead and stay well away from cliff edges. If your dog does fall down a cliff, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself but call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard. This incident required the full resources of an Inshore Lifeboat and a Coastguard Rescue Team.”

Credit: John Thorogood/Exmouth RNLI

Following the rescue, the lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station when it was soon launched again, following a request from HM Coastguard to assist the crew of a 10m yacht on passage approximately 12 miles out across Lyme Bay who were reporting an engine malfunction.

The lifeboat launched under the command of Coxswain, Roy Stott, Mechanic Andy Stott, and volunteer crew Scott Ranft, David Preece and Robert Thompson and immediately made its way to the location of the vessel.

On their arrival with the yacht it became apparent that the mechanical difficulties as reported had been rectified to the satisfaction of the lifeboat crew and the vessel was able to make its own way to Brixham harbour without further incident.

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