Exclusive photos: Rescue drama as Coastguards save stranded dog
were the heart-warming scenes on Brean Down on Sunday evening
(July 15th) when Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard's Cliff Rescue Team
saved a dog stranded on rocks.
a Border Collie, tumbled down the steep cliffs at Brean Down Fort
at around 4pm, prompting his desperate owners to call 999 for
from Burnham and Weston rushed to the scene, fearing the owners
might put themselves in difficulty by scrambling down the steep
cliff-face to reach the animal.
Kim Biberger, who is from Wells, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Charlie
ran over the cliff edge while chasing after some low-flying birds.
It was a heart-stopping moment when we saw him disappear and then
to look over the edge and see he was clinging onto the rocks at
the bottom of the cliffs just above the sea water."
was no way of safely reaching him so we called 999 and asked for
pictured here, Burnham Coastguard cliff climber Dave Welland was
lowered down the rockface using ropes to safely reach the animal
and take him back up to the relieved owners.
added: "Charlie seemed to be very happy to have been rescued
and we are so extremely grateful to the Coastguards for reaching
him. He is very much part of the family and we are relieved he
was not hurt."
Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a notorious spot on Brean Down where several dogs
have died over the years."
"The owners could have put themselves in a great deal of
danger if they'd tried to reach Charlie, so we were happy to help
and glad to see a very positive ending."
Dave Welland comforting the dog before attaching ropes
dog was carried up the cliff face by the Coastguard climber
was taken up the cliff face to his waiting owners
at the top: the dog during Sunday's rescue on Brean Down
shows his appreciation to the Coastguards after the rescue
in the safe hands of his relieved owners, Kim Biberger and Andy