issued to dog owners after cliffs rescue at Brean Down
A fresh safety warning has been issued to dog owners after a team
of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboat crews were called out
to rescue a stranded dog after it fell down the steep cliffs of
Brean Down on Thursday (February 18th).
were called to the fort just after 1.45pm to reports that the
collie - called Jake - had tumbled down the cliffs into the sea
an incoming tide, the dog had been swept along the northern side
of the Down and was unable to get back due to the rocks.
Coastguards carried out a foot search and were initially unable
to locate the dog, so Burnham's RNLI lifeboats were called to
the scene and the crew spotted Jake from the water, and managed
to hand him to the crew.
dog was then carried back up the slope to the owner and checked
over," said Burnham Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies.
the dog didn't seem too upset, just quite cold. A relieved dog
and owner were taken back to their car."
advise anyone who goes on Brean Down with a dog to keep them on
a lead at all times. Dogs are naturally attracted to the wildlife
and can easily find themselves in a dangerous situation."
you see anyone in danger along the coast, always dial 999 and
ask for the Coastguard."
helmsman Kevin Barber - on his first shout as a B-Class helm -
said: "We located the dog, apparently a collie type, in the
crevice, frantically trying to clamber unsuccessfully to safety
and the animal was handed to local Coastguards on the scene."
dog owner's family from Frome had been on a sunny birthday walk.
Tracey Verduyn, the dog's owner, said: "We came out with
the family for a walk because it was my husband's birthday."
had kept Jake on a lead while exploring the fort, but then let
him off for a run - he just dashed off."
It's the second dog rescue of the year so far at Brean Down after
a similar incident last month when another dog was rescued by
Coastguards, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported on the link below.
Coastguards rescue dog after cliff fall at Brean Down