March 26, 2006
Coastguard calls off search for lost
dog at Brean Down
torch-lit search of Brean Down was called off by Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguards on Sunday night after a dog believed to have fallen
over the steep cliffs was not found.
animal's owners, David Staynings, 43, and Diana Benjamin, 44,
from Redcliffe in Bristol had been walking their four-year-old
greyhound, Blue, along the top of the Down when it ran over the
cliff edge after a rabbit.
said: "In a split second he'd gone over the cliffs and quickly
went out of sight. It was a horrible moment."
owners were unable to find the animal and at 6pm contacted Bristol
police who referred them to the Coastguard.
fading light and deteriorating weather, there was concern that
the dog's owners could put themselves in danger by searching for
Coastguard station officer Steve Bird said: "With fading
light, heavy rain and gale force winds affecting the Down, our
key concern was to ensure the dog's owners were safe."
cliff rescue team also searched several hundred metres of the
cliff face for the dog, but it was a disappointing outcome and
the animal was not found."
recommend staying well away from cliff edges and keeping dogs
walkers have been injured in recent years on the steep cliffs
of Brean Down.
people were rescued after becoming stranded by the incoming tide
in May 2005 and a man suffered serious back and leg injuries when
he fell over the cliffs in August 2004.
was a happier story in August 2005 when a dog was successfully
rescued after being trapped for two hours.
later update on this story is available here.
photos above show Stuart Browning of the Burnham Coastguard Cliff
Rescue Team - who was involved in Sunday's incident - and Brean
gives up hope for lost greyhound on Brean Down
Coastguard team rescues
man at Brean Down Fort
rescued from Brean Down fort
rescued by Coastguards at Brean Down
Coastguard rehearses helicopter mud rescue
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site