Major emergency services response to dog trapped on cliff at Thorncombe Beacon

The operation underway at Thorncombe Beacon (photo credit: Beer Coastguard)

FOUR fire crews and three coastguard teams, as well as Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, spent four hours rescuing a dog trapped on the cliff at Thorncombe Beacon on Tuesday.

Emergency services – including West Bay Coastguard, Lyme Regis Coastguard, Beer Coastguard and Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, as well as fire crews and teams from Bridport, Colyton, Weymouth and Poole – were called just after 1pm on Tuesday to help two people, one of which was stuck in mud.

On scene, the person had freed themselves and both were making their way down to Eype.

A search of the cliff edge was carried out and the lifeboat crew searched from the water to find the dog.

A spokesman for Bridport Fire Station said: “With no sign of the dog, it was decided to send rope technicians over the cliff to search for the animal.

“Both coastguard and fire services set up rope rescue systems and abseiled down the cliff and into the undergrowth to try and find the dog.

“Fire fighters also made their way along the beach to the undercliff to carry out a search.

“Both rope teams had to descend and ascend multiple times in different locations to try and find the dog.

“Eventually the dog was located and rescued by fire crews.

“This incident to over four fours and multiple resources. Accidents happen and thankfully this finished with a happy ending, but a few safety measures when walking dogs could stop scenarios like this from happening: Keep dogs on leads around farm animal, keep dogs on leads when walking along coast paths.

“If your dog does go over the cliff, do not put yourself in danger by attempting your own rescue. Dial 999 and ask for the emergency services.”

While at sea, the lifeboat was tasked for a second time to two paddleboarders that were being blown out to sea off Chesil Beach, but the volunteer crew were stood down by the coastguard as the paddleboarders were rescued by another vessel.

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis lifeboat station by 4.50pm

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