A distressing incident. Details from Bude Coastguard:
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team members were paged at 14:27 yesterday, tasked to Warren Gutter, near Sandymouth Beach, following a report received by Falmouth Maritime Coordination Centre of a dog that had gone over the cliff in the area.
Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.
As the teams arrived above Warren Gutter beach, further information received from Sandymouth RNLI Lifeguards indicated the incident was slightly further to the south.
After having relocated the Rescue Vehicle to a closer position, a Rope Rescue Technician from the Bude team made his way by foot to the scene, to liaise with the owners and to assess the situation.
With a clear indication that the dog was deceased, the Technician reported his assessment back to the Officer in Charge. Given the ebbing tide, and that the dog would very soon be accessible via the beach, a rope recovery was deemed unnecessary.
As with any incident of this nature, Coastguard Rescue Teams are scrambled to prevent members of the public attempting to rescue their pets themselves. Although we are not aware of the exact circumstances of this particular incident, we would always recommend keeping your dog on a lead when on the coastal footpath.
Another very distressing incident for the owners and the rescuers.