RNLI and Coastguard crews rescue dog at Brean
dog was rescued after falling down the cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday
morning (January 29th).
Coastguards and RNLI crews were called out soon after 9.30am to
retrieve the Sprocker from the water on the southern side of the
Down near the wartime fort.
Coastguards were paged immediately and Burnham lifeboats, who were
on a local training exercise, were diverted to pick up the dog from
the cold water.
we arrived on scene the dog had been plucked from the water and
was being safely handed over to an awaiting Coastguard Rescue Officer
and a very relieved family by an RNLI crew member," Burnham
Coastguard Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
is a timely reminder that dogs should be kept on leads at all times
when on Brean Down. Often we are told by the owners that their dogs
are well trained and don't run off."
have been several incidents around the coast in recent weeks involving
dogs of cliffs, and sadly the majority die from their falls. This
dog was lucky and came away just cold and shaken, but do you really
want to risk the life and safety of your beloved pet?"
safety advice is always keep pets on leads when on high ground,
no matter how well trained or obedient it is, and never try and
self recover the animal as you may put yourself and others in danger."
you or your pet gets into danger along the coast, cliff edges or
beaches then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."
Tim Walters nosed the Burnham Reach lifeboat onto the rocks, whilst
a crewmember clambered up to assist the animal. The dog slid down
the rocks into the water, and swam towards the lifeboat where it
and the crewmember were recovered and the pet transferred to the
care of a waiting Coastguard recue team, plus grateful owners.
Lifeboat helmsman Tim Walters said: "This was a well executed,
fast response, taking no longer than three minutes or so. The owners
were extremely grateful."