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Two Dogs Die After Falling From Cliffs

Two Dogs Die After Falling From Cliffs

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:11am 21st January 2017. (Updated at 7:24am 22nd January 2017)

Two dogs have died after falling from cliffs in north Cornwall.

Polzeath Coastguard rescuers were paged after reports one animal had gone over the edge at The Rumps.

Padstow CRT was called in as back-up on Friday lunchtime and a technician was winched down to try to help.

Teams were stood down after they found that the dog had not survived.

Senior Coastal Operations Officer, Drew Parkinson, said: “Just before midday, UK Coastguard were contacted by a member of the public reporting their dog had fallen from the cliffs on the South West Coast Path at Polzeath.

"Polzeath and Padstow Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to ensure the safety of members of the public, and assist the dog if possible. Unfortunately the dog was deceased".

Polzeath Coastguard posted on Facebook: "A cliff technician was put over the edge and made his way down to the dog. Unfortunately it had not survived the fall and a recovery was not carried out".

The second shout, for a missing dog at Dunderhole Point, came as crews were packing up their kit.

They were stood down on their way to the scene as the animal was spotted in the water.

Drew Parkinson said: "At 2.15PM, UK Coastguard were contacted again by a member of the public reporting their dog and possibly a sheep had fallen from the cliffs at Tintagel. Polzeath.

"Boscastle and Bude Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to ensure the safety of members of the public, and again, assist the animal if possible. Unfortunately again, the dog was deceased".

Posting on Facebook, Bude Coastguard Rescue Team said: "Unfortunately, this became the second incident today of a dog over the cliffs in the North Cornwall area, and both had a tragic outcome.

"However familiar your dog is with the coastal path, we would always advise that dogs are kept on a lead when close to the cliff edge".

The shouts on Friday afternoon came within two hours of each other and on the same stretch of coastline.

Drew had this warning for pet owners: "We’d like to remind people to keep their dogs under control on the coast, especially around cliffs and livestock.

"People should not put themselves at risk to rescue their pets, should discourage others from attempting a rescue.

"As in both of these incidents, they should contact the Coastguard by calling 999 to report the incident as soon as possible”.

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