Published: March 16, 2012
Coastguards called to Brean Down amid concern for dog owner

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Friday afternoon (March 16th) amid concern for the safety of a dog owner after his pet was thought to have tumbled down steep cliffs.

A spaniel went missing just before 1pm, prompting the owner to raise the alarm by contacting Coastguards.

Ian Jefferies from Burnham Coastguards told "There was concern that the dog owner might put his own safety at risk, trying to reach the dog by clambering down the cliffs."

"We therefore conducted a search of the cliffs and the base of the Down, but no trace of the animal was found. It's thought that it ran off after a rabbit while being walked along the Down."

In 2010, the National Trust introduced several new signs on Brean Down - as we reported here - to warn dog owners about the dangers of the steep cliffs following a series of incidents in which dogs were killed.

Pictured: Burnham Coastguards on Brean Down on Friday afternoon


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