Dog dies after falling over a cliff at Duckpool

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were paged at 12:34 and Saturday and tasked to Duckpool car park following the report of a dog that had gone over the cliff. Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team were also paged to provide additional personnel should a rope rescue be necessary.

With one member of the team remaining at a high vantage point to relay communications to Falmouth CGOC (Coastguard Operations Centre), other members of the team proceeded to the incident and confirmed the dog was unfortunately deceased. The incident was very distressing for the owners, so a reminder about dogs and cliffs below.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency advises:

There are all sorts of benefits to dog-walking, for people and pets, but our coastguards are often called upon to rescue dogs and their owners when they get into difficulty. Make sure you stay safe when out and about with your four-legged friends by keeping a few simple tips in mind.

-Stay away from cliff edges – they can be crumbly or slippery when wet

-Always keep your dog on a lead near cliffs

-However strong the impulse may be, do not attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea. This is because you are likely to get into difficulty and many dogs return to shore but some owners do not. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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