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Herne Bay coastguard rescue as dog plunges off cliffs

By KentOnline reporter

Coastguard crews were scrambled to the Herne Bay coast after a dog plunged off a cliff.

The cocker spaniel was left precariously perched on a ledge just 2ft wide after falling from the top at Bishopstone Glen.

As crowds gathered on Sunday afternoon to watch 40ft below, a coastguard officer scaled down the cliff face to reach the dog.

Coastguard officers watch over the stranded dog. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
Coastguard officers watch over the stranded dog. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
A coastguard officer lowers the dog to safety. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
A coastguard officer lowers the dog to safety. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard

He managed to grab its collar and put it in an animal bag before he lowered himself to the ground and reunited the dog with his relieved owners.

The rescue operation involved coastguard teams from Herne Bay, Margate and Deal.

Herne Bay Coastguard station officer Gordon Sinclair said: “On this occasion there was a happy outcome so we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone not to go close to cliff edges and to keep their dogs on a lead on cliff paths.

Coastguard crews at the scene. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
Coastguard crews at the scene. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
The dog back on safer ground with its owners. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard
The dog back on safer ground with its owners. Pic: Herne Bay Coastguard

“If you do see someone or a pet in difficulties on the coast do as this dog owner did - dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, do not attempt to rescue them yourself standby and stay calm.

“We have specialist skills and equipment to deal with these types of situations whether it be in the mud, on the cliffs or in the sea - and we are never far away.”

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