owner and his pet rescued after fall down cliffs at Brean Down
dog owner and his pet were rescued by crews from Burnham-On-Sea
after the animal fell down the steep cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday
Search & Rescue's Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft flew the pair
back to the safety of the beach after the dog was left injured
following a 40ft fall down the cliffs on the southern side of
from Burnham and Weston were called to the scene shortly before
2pm when the dog owner, from Bridgwater, dialled 999 on his mobile
phone to raise the alarm.
crews worked closely together, with the RNLI lifeboats retrieving
the man and his pet, named Blaze, from the rocks and the hovercraft
then flying them over the mudflats to safety.
was a great example of multi-agency team working," Dave Welland,
Burnham Coastguard Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
man had clambered down the cliffs to reach his dog at the waters
edge but then found he was unable to get back up."
was therefore concern for him and the dog, who were quite a distance
from the shore. Our advice is always to keep dogs on leads while
walking on Brean Down."
The crew onboard Burnham's RNLI lifeboat, the Staines Whitfield,
had quickly spotted the man and dog on the rocks near the end
of the Down. Two boat crew members were put ashore to assist the
two to the waters edge.
Burnhams D-class lifeboat, Puffin, arrived soon after and
was able to transport the dog and its owner to the waters
edge where, because of the mud flats, both were transferred to
the BARB hovercraft, whose crew flew them to the waiting Coastguard
RNLI helmsman Nick Edrich said: "We spotted the dog, which
was obviously in distress with its owner on rocks near the end
of the Down. Both lifeboats worked together to transport the animal
to the waiting BARB hovercraft, which carried both across the
Brean mud to the coastguard team. It was an excellent example
of inter-agency working."