HM Coastguard Warns Dog Owners

Dogs love the beach

Dogs love the beach but they can be unpredictable

Although these events didn’t happen in North Cornwall.Devon, they have previously and are a timely reminder to dog owners to keep their pets safe when walking along cliffs. HM Coastguard is again warning owners to keep dogs on leads to keep them safe when walking near cliffs after two dogs fell in separate incidents yesterday.

Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were called out after a Golden Retriever fell 40 feet at Exmouth. The dogs owners were visiting the area on holiday and fortunately this dog did survive the accident. However, Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to a beach close to Durdle Door, after a Springer Spaniel went over the cliff and fell 150 feet. Sadly, when the animal was located down on the beach it was dead.

Cindy Rodaway, Portland Coastguard Watch Manager says:

“When walking near cliffs you should keep your dog on a lead to keep them safe. Even well behaved and obedient dogs can still behave unpredictably and run over cliffs when they hear or smell something interesting. If your dog goes over please don’t attempt a rescue; in an emergency contact 999 for the Coastguard”.

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