January 29, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI and Coastguard crews rescue dog at Brean

A dog was rescued after falling down the cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday morning (January 29th).

Burnham-On-Sea 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.

Burnham 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.

"As 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

"This 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."

"There 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?"

"Our 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."

"If you or your pet gets into danger along the coast, cliff edges or beaches then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Helmsman 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."


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