Dog rescued by coastguard crews following cliff fall

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(Last Updated On: July 6, 2020)

A dog was rescued by coastguard crews and the RNLI following a cliff fall in Brixham yesterday, Sunday 6th July.

The dog had gone missing in the morning, and despite an extensive search involving the coastguard, was not found.

The dogs owners remained on scene but unfortunately, the dog was not found.

Coastguard crews returned to the scene later that day and decided to search the area again.

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Berry Head Coastguard said: “After consulting with Solent Coastguard – Operations Centre it was decided that we would deploy a cliff technician to search the south side of Berry Head again. Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team were also paged to back us up.

“When Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team arrived they were tasked with setting up a holdfast and sending a technician down slightly to the west of the lighthouse whilst we set up just opposite the lighthouse. As usual hammering our stakes into the rocky ground proved problematic and time consuming but eventually we were able to send our cliff tech over. After a few minutes we were very surprised to hear him come over the radio saying that he’d found Bracken at the base of the cliff, injured but alive – some 6 hours after she’d first gone missing. By luck, and maybe a bit of judgement we had sent our cliff tech over in exactly the right place to spot Bracken.

“With RNLITorbay ILB already out on another job in the bay it was decided that the best plan of action would be for the ILB to extract both the dog and our cliff tech, as they weren’t far from the water. The ILB then returned to the lifeboat house to meet with the owners and a vet who had been called out. Torbay Mobile proceeded there to retrieve our very wet cliff technician.

“We hope that Bracken makes a swift recovery after her ordeal. Finally, it goes without saying – please remember to keep your dog on a lead when near cliffs.”

Bracken suffered from a broken shoulder from the fall and is under veterinary care.

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