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Dog rescued after Whitehaven cliff fall

St Bees RNLI

A dog has been rescued after falling from a cliff at Kells in Whitehaven.

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked by CGOC Belfast Coastguard to reports of a dog falling approximately 25 meters.

The young dog had reportedly slipped its lead whilst playing in the nearby field and subsequently headed off and went over the cliff edge.

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were paged at 2:15pm to assist the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat crew were required to help locate the dog and to be on standby in case anyone entered the water.

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team

A Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: “With the dog owners and members of the public on the cliffs, our primary concern was that we didn’t end up with any secondary casualties.

“A safety zone was established and members of the public were asked to give us space to work.

With assistance from some of the public to help us carry additional equipment, a rope rescue system was set up.

“A Rope Rescue Technician descended the cliff to search and locate the casualty in amongst the thick bushy cliff area.

“Remarkably the dog was uninjured and just required some coaxing into our animal rescue bag. Once in the bag, the dog and Rope Technician were recovered up the cliff and the dog reunited with its upset and anxious owner. Thankfully the dog was in high spirits and uninjured after is ordeal.

“The whole incident and recovery was over within a couple of hours.”

Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operation Manager said: “The dog owner did the right thing by immediately dialling 999 and asking for assistance rather than risk their own life by trying to rescue the pet themselves.”

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