warning issued after dog is rescued from Brean Down rocks
new safety warning has been issued to dog owners this weekend
after Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called
out to rescue a stranded pet at Brean Down on Saturday afternoon
received a 999 call from a walker who had lost his dog, called
Woody, off the southern side of Brean Down shortly after 5pm.
Weston lifeboat was also paged and once on scene they liaised
with the owners to establish the location of the dog, which was
perched on a small outcrop of rocks, as pictured above.
was decided that the lifeboat was the easiest means of extraction
for Woody and the RNLI crew maneuvered their boat in and managed
to get him aboard," said a Burnham Coastguard spokesman.
brought him around to the northern side to a set of steps which
are part of the fort grounds, where Woody was handed over to two
of our team members in lifejackets and returned to their grateful
added: "The owners did the right thing in not trying to self-rescue
the dog since the rocks around that area are very dangerous."
very steep and uneven ground can easily cause people to trip and
fall. Although this had a good outcome, we can't stress enough
to people to keep their dogs on a lead on high ground."
the first thing we hear when we turn up is 'our dog never runs
off' but even the most obedient dog will chase something - it's
their natural instinct, so please keep your dog safe."
cewman Paul Sargent added: "This was a positive outcome to
a potentially life threating situation for the dog. We would like
to remind dog owners that if this does happen to them not to enter
the water, call 999 and ask for assistance. Entering the water
has a extremely high chance of making any situation worse."
Coastguards were also paged amid concern that a cliff rescue may
have been required.
National Trust, which oversees Brean Down, installed warning signs
at the bottom of the steps and path onto the rocky outcrop, as
pictured below, several years ago but the cautionary message is
the fourth dog rescue of the year so far there after a series
of incidents where pets have had to be rescued.
Coastguards rescue dog after cliff fall at Brean Down