March 21, 2016
Burnham Coastguards and lifeboats launched to help Brean dog owner

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean Down on Sunday afternoon (March 20th) amid concerns for the welfare of a dog owner.

Burnham Coastguards were contacted just after 12.20pm to reports of a dog falling off the side of Brean Down near the old wartime fort.

"The owner had apparently made his way down the side and was attempting to self recover the animal," said a Coastguard spokesman.

"We arrived on scene and were met by a member of the National Trust who had the dog and owners in his vehicle. The owner had managed to get back to a safe position with the dog."

"This was a lucky outcome and we can't stress enough that self recovery of pets puts owners in a dangerous situation. They can become stuck or injured and have to be rescued themselves."

The Burnham RNLI lifeboats were re-launched after their normal Sunday morning training. The Atlantic class boat was stood down by Coastguards a minute afterwards, while the crew of the D-Class boat proceeded to Brean Down to stand by and were also stood down a few minutes later.

Pictured: Burnham Coastguards at Brean Down during Sunday's incident and, above, the lifeboats launching in Burnham (pic David Whatley)


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