family thanks Coastguards after dog rescue drama
Burnham-On-Sea family has thanked Coastguards for rescuing their
two dogs following a four-hour night-time search on Brean Down.
team of Burnham Coastguards was called
to Brean when the two Beagles went missing during a walk on
dogs ran up the steep south side of the Down after a goat, and
Coastguards were concerned that the owners might put themselves
in danger by seeking the animals in the darkness.
four-hour search operation followed, which culminated with two
Coastguard climbers being sent down the side of the Down to successfully
retrieve the animals, called Tucker and Ellie, with the assistance
of two Weston lifeboats.
of the beagles, Ellie, suffered a damaged foot and was transferred
to the vets for treatment but both are now back at home in Burnham
where they are receiving plenty of attention from their relieved
family, pictured above.
are incredibly grateful for all the superb help of the Coastguards
and lifeboat crews who spared no effort in ensuring Ellie and
Tucker were returned to us," the family's dog owners, Lee
Parish and Dee, Tony and Paige, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
dogs were being walked along the beach at around 4pm when they
ran off up the side of the Down after a goat. They went higher
and higher and we tried to encourage them over to the steps but
they disappeared from view."
called the Coastguards at 5.50pm and they were very quickly on
scene. We gave them a full update on what had happened and they
carried out a torch-lit search of the beach and then went up on
top of the Down."
the torches, they spotted Tucker on the cliffs and sent two climbers
down to reach him while the lifeboat crews later spotted Ellie
in a cave with the sea fast incoming around her."
had both dogs since they were puppies - they mean the world to
us. They are very much a part of our family, so we are truly grateful
for the help in reaching them. The commitment and support from
the crews was just superb."
Coastguard Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
owners were very grateful and we were happy to help, as were the
Weston lifeboat crews who were on an exercise in the area at the
time. There was concern that the family might have put themselves
in danger by seeking the dogs in the darkness."