warning to Brean Down dog walkers as pet is rescued after fall
fresh safety warning has been issued to dog owners who use Brean
Down after a pet was rescued yesterday following a fall down the
first reported here on Sunday,
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out to
retrieve the Sprocker on the southern side of the Down near the
fort. It was successfully pulled out of the sea.
Dave Welland, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Station Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that dogs should be kept on leads on Brean Down to avoid further
incidents - a message that is also explained on signs like the one
is a timely reminder that dogs should be kept on leads at all times
when on Brean Down," said Dave. "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 they are, and never try and
self-recover the animal as you may put yourself and others in danger,"
Sunday's incident, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were paged immediately
and Burnham RNLI, 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. If 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."
The steps leading up onto Brean Down, and above the scene on Sunday
morning with an RNLI crewmember with the dog on Brean beach