Press Notice No: 57-10
Friday, February 26, 2010
Posted 18:23 GMT
DOG AND OWNER RESCUED FROM CLIFF AT CHARMOUTH
At ten minutes to one this afternoon, Portland Coastguard received a 999 call from a dog owner who had climbed up a 100ft slope to recover his spaniel. Upon reaching the dog, the man was then unable to climb back down with the young dog, which had sustained a suspected broken leg.
Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to St Gabriels Mouth, one and a quarter miles to the east of Charmouth.
Once on scene, conditions were such that it would have been difficult to make the rescue, so Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 106 was scrambled to assist.
On arrival, the Coastguard Helicopter airlifted the man and his dog Scrappy to Charmouth, where the dog was taken by his owner to be examined by a veterinarian.
Maddy Davey, Watch Officer at Portland Coastguard said:
We would like to remind owners not to place themselves at risk to rescue their pets, but to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard in the first instance.
Posted By: Rosie Tapping
For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401