Pet Labrador Retriever miraculously escapes with ‘just a few scratches’ after falling 10ft down a crack during a clifftop walk
- The pet Labrador was off its lead during a walk along cliffs in Portland, Dorset
- It slipped through an 18 inch gap in the earth before falling 10 feet
- Coastguard issued a warning to keep dogs on leads when on clifftop walks
A dog has miraculously escaped with ‘just a few scratches’ after falling 10 feet down a crack during a clifftop walk.
The Labrador Retriever was off its lead during the walk along the cliffs in Portland, Dorset, when he slipped through an 18 inch gap in the earth.
His panicked owner, an elderly man, called the coastguard who sent two teams to rescue the pet from the fissure.
The Labrador Retriever (pictured) was off its lead during the walk along the cliffs in Portland, Dorset, when he slipped through an 18 inch gap in the earth
They lowered down some rope and looped it around the dog who was perched on a small ledge.
The rescuers then slowly coaxed the pet up the gap until he returned to the surface.
The dog was checked over but found to be unharmed other than a few scratches to his body.
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He was reunited with his relieved owner following the rescue which took 15 minutes.
Station manager at Portland Bill Coastguard, Dane Gould, said: ‘The dog must have been off its lead when it was being taken for a walk and has ended up down the crack.
‘He fell approximately 10 feet and his owner, an elderly gentleman, was understandably very concerned so he rang the coastguard.
Coastguard rescuers lowered rope down the crack and looped it around the dog so they could slowly pull him back up
‘Once we got to the scene the recovery was very quick. We managed to loop the rope around the dogs body, to guide and lead it out of the fissure.
‘Thankfully other than a few scratches the dog seemed otherwise unharmed.
‘He was as relieved as his owner to be out of there!’
The dramatic incident happened at West Cliff, Portland at just before 4pm last Friday.
The dog was checked over but found to be unharmed other than a few scratches to his body. The Coastguard has now issued a safety warning to dog walkers that dogs should be kept on leads while on clifftop walks
Afterwards, the coastguard issued a safety warning to dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead in clifftop areas.
‘We would advise people walking their dogs near cliffs to keep them on a lead.
‘It could have been a lot worse.’
In November last year the ‘luckiest dog in the UK’ fell 230 feet from a cliff and miraculously survived without even breaking a bone.
The springer spaniel, Dexter, was out for a walk along the cliffs near Portreath, Cornwall, when he started chasing a bird and went over the edge.
After the drop he lay motionless on the sand for a few minutes but soon got up and only suffered bruising to his lungs.
In January this year another dog fell off the edge of a cliff and miraculously survived.
Staffordshire bull terrier, Dinky, fell 100 feet from the top of a cliff into the sea but was able to paddle to a nearby beach and appeared uninjured.
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