COASTGUARDS in the Lyme Regis area have issued a warning after being called to two incidents of dogs falling over cliff edges within 24 hours.
West Bay Coastguards were called to reports of a dog over West Cliff at West Bay at 8.23pm on Monday, June 18, with Lyme Regis Coastguards also providing back-up at the scene.
On arrival, a German Shepherd was found to be trapped 15 to 20 feet down the cliff face and a full rope rescue system was set up. A cliff technician was lowered down to the friendly dog who was recovered and brought safely back to his waiting and very thankful owner.
The second call came at 1.12pm the following day (Tuesday, June 19), with both West Bay and Lyme Regis officers attended the incident to the east of Seatown.
Due to an earlier road traffic collision closing the A35 and blocking access to Seatown, the West Bay officers had no choice but to travel off-road via Thorncombe Beacon, meeting the team from Lyme Regis at the scene.
A full rope rescue system was set up and a cliff technician from Lyme Regis was lowered 35 meters down to the stranded animal.
The dog was carefully transferred into an animal rescue bag and was winched back up to the top of the cliff to re-join its owners. The animal had sustained injuries and was immediately transferred to a local vets for onward care and treatment.
A statement from the West Bay Coastguards said: “Accidents happen, and we will always be there when they do, but there are some really simple steps you can take to keep yourself and your four legged friends safe.
“The coastguard recommends that you always keep your dog on a lead on the cliffs and cliff paths. Some dogs, especially smaller ones, can have difficulty seeing the cliff edge and if the worst happens never, ever attempt a self rescue. Instead dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”