Published: August 1, 2013
Dog owner thanks Burnham Coastguards following pet's 80m cliff fall

An emotional dog owner has thanked Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after her pet was rescued following an 80 metre fall from the highest point of Brean Down yesterday (Wednesday).

Alfie, an 18-month Shih Tzu, was found by Coastguards after taking a tumble down the steep cliffs during a walk just before 2pm.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Dave Welland told "We were called to reports of a person trying to recover their dog after it went over the edge of Brean Down."

"One team searched the base of the Down while the other searched along the top and the dog was eventually found on the beach at the bottom. Incredibly, he just a few scrapes and bruises."

"This was a big fall from the edge of the highest point of the Down. He was lucky not to have suffered any serious injuries and still had enough energy to snarl at the Coastguard officer rescuing him!"

Owner Jackie Guest, from Birmingham, told "I'm so grateful to the Coastguard team for their quick response and their help in rescuing Alfie. It was a terrible afternoon and I am so relieved to have him back."

The dog had been on a lead and had run off after a goat while the owner had placed the lead on the floor and stood on it to try and secure it.

The moment that the dog was reunited with its relieved owner


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