Burnham Coastguards rescue dog after cliff fall at Brean Down
dog was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after plunging 100
metres down cliffs at Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (January
from Burnham and Weston were called out just after 3pm when the
owners of a missing Spaniel raised the alarm.
concern that the owners may try to reach the dog, Coastguard cliff
climber Stuart Browning, pictured, was lowered by ropes to the
stranded dog, called Flex, where he was stuck on a ledge.
walker Patrick Quirke said: "We
were just down here for the day from Bristol and I've walked along
Brean Down many times, so it was terrible when I looked around
and he'd gone over the cliffs."
think he was either spooked or chased after something. I looked
for him for quite some time along the cliffs before deciding to
call the Coastguard for help. They were superb and we are so grateful
for their help."
dog's owner, Jill Reagan, who was at nearby Brean Down Cove, added:
"We've given Flex a check over and, incredibly, he seems
fine - just shaken up by the fall."
would like to thank Brean's beachwarden Dave Furber for being
so reassuring to me and staying with me during the incident. We're
relieved that it ended positively."
Top, Coastguard climber being lowered to the dog; centre - Chris
Perks with the dog Flex and Patrick Quirke and Jill Reagan; and
the incident underway on Brean Down