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Fresh safety plea as dog falls from cliffs in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:58am 16th January 2018. (Updated at 9:33am 16th January 2018)

Coastguards have been scrambled to reports of a dog falling from cliffs in north Cornwall.

We do not know if the animal survived or was injured after it happened at Backways Cove near Tintagel.

Posting on Facebook, Boscastle Coastguard Rescue Team confirmed the shout came through on Sunday lunchtime.

They shared a warning to owners, urging them to stay away from 'crumbly' cliff edges.

The Advice:

  • Stay away from cliff edges – they can be crumbly or slippery when wet.
  • Always keep your dog on a lead near cliffs.
  • Never attempt to rescue your dog if it's gone over the cliff. 
  • Do not attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea. This is because you are likely to get in to difficulty and many dogs return to shore alive but some owners do not. 
  • Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

It comes just two weeks after a dramatic rescue at Land's End, when a dog went over the cliff edge.

Two Coastguard teams got the call after the pet ran off on New Year's Day, with its lead ON.

It was stuck 50ft below the area in front of the hotel, with its lead wedged between rocks.

Posting on Facebook, Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team said: "We were tasked to assist Lands End Coastguard Search & Rescue Team in the recovery of a dog over the cliff that had run off with the lead attached.

"Arriving on scene in front of the Hotel at Lands End, Lands End CRT were already on scene preparing to lower a cliff technician to the dog, who was now 50ft below with the lead stuck between two rocks.

"We assisted in the operation and soon dog and owner were reunited, no worse for the ordeal.

"Both teams regrouped and returned to their respective stations after the thanks from a very grateful owner".

They added: "Remember, if you see someone you think is in trouble on the coast or at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard".

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Sadly, a string of pets have had to be rescued or lost their lives after falling from cliffs in Cornwall in the last 12 months.

Among them, two dogs that died after going over the edge at The Rumps in January 2017.

Now crews are putting out a fresh warning, amid fears Storm Eleanor could have made the coast path and cliff edges unstable.

Top tips from the RNLI for dog walking near cliffs:

  • Keep them on a lead if close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If the dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after it. Move to a place where it can get to safely and call its name - they'll probably get out by themselves.
  • If you're worried, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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