Stranded dog pulled to safety by Coastguards
at Brean Down
dog called Lucky lived up to its name when it was rescued by Coastguards
this week after being trapped for two hours on cliffs at Brean
Coastguard's cliff rescue team leapt into action after several
people were spotted trying to climb the dangerous cliffs to retrieve
the terrified animal from a narrow ledge.
an effort to avoid both a human and animal tragedy, the Coastguards
coaxed the people down and then set up a rope pulley system at
the top of the cliffs to lower two team members, Neil Mynett and
David Welham, down to the seven-year-old Great Dane.
attached a harness to the animal and then pulled her up several
hundred metres to the top where a waiting RSPCA inspector gave
her a check-over and released her to the much-relieved owners.
Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird said: "A crowd of almost
50 people had gathered around us to watch the rescue and they
responded with rapturous applause when we returned the animal
to the arms of its owners."
dog was perched on a very narrow ridge of rock and was so frightened
that there was a real risk she'd get startled and get into further
difficulties if we hadn't been particularly careful."
Terry White of Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, praised the Coastguard
team for their work: "They team did a fantastic job - we're
very grateful to them all."
explained: "We'd been enjoying a walk along the Down when
Lucky spotted some goats grazing in the bracken and was off like
a shot down after them. We searched without any luck and were
starting to fear the worst but a couple came up from the beach
and said they'd seen Lucky on a small ledge.
heroes said they'd have a go at climbing down to her, but my wife
thought it would be much safer to call 999."
Bird said she'd done the right thing by contacting the emergency
services and added: "It is always important that people never
try and rescue stranded animals themselves, in turn putting themselves
at risk. The owners in this case did the right thing by dialling
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