From Bude Coastguard Rescue:
They Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was paged at 13:31 yesterday by the Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) in Falmouth, and tasked to Northcott Mouth following a report of a dog over the cliff in the area, with the owners attempting to locate the animal. Bude Lifeboat and Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team were also tasked.
As the Rescue Teams arrived at the RV point at Northcott Mouth, the Lifeboat located the dog’s owners with the injured dog, who were now cut off by the tide just beyond Menachurch Point. After informing the CGOC of the casualties’ position, the Rescue Teams made their way on to the cliffs above, as the Lifeboat deposited a member of the crew on to the beach (and through heavy surf) so that they could accompany the casualties until the Rescue Teams were able to descend to them. As the surf was deemed too big for Bude Lifeboat to safely operate in, it then returned to Summerleaze Beach, where it was recovered.
As the teams prepared for a rope rescue, the Officer in Charge made the decision to request the attendance of Rescue 924, the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based in Newquay, as a backup due to the number of casualties and a rapidly rising spring tide.
With Rescue 924 scrambled and en route, the Rescue Technician began his descent to the beach, retrieved the first casualty, and made his way back up the cliff. Now with Rescue 924 in an overwatch position above the incident, the Rescue Technician proceeded to retrieve the remaining casualty, and then the dog, and then, finally, the member of the Lifeboat crew.
With all persons and the injured dog accounted for and recovered to the top of the cliff, Rescue 924 left the scene, and the teams proceeded to stow the gear, while the dog was taken to the vet’s by the owners. We wish it the very best.
Although we are not aware of the exact circumstances that led to this particular incident, we would always advise people to keep their dog on a lead when near cliffs. However, if a dog does go over the cliff, please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Although the dog might often come back safe and well on its own – you might not. Please don’t take that risk.
Well done to the team in what sounded like a tricky rescue. Hope the dog is ok. Another timely reminder that dogs and cliffs are not a great combination. Naturally exuberant, dogs don’t see the dangers. Please follow the Coastguard advice.