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Dog dies after plunging from cliffs in Cornwall

Dog dies after plunging from cliffs in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:22am 6th August 2018. (Updated at 8:26am 6th August 2018)

A dog, seriously injured after plunging from cliffs at a Cornish beauty spot, has died.

The owner scrambled down to try to rescue the German Shepherd at Park Head near Bedruthan Steps.

Coastguards and Newquay lifeboat managed to reach them on Saturday, but vets could not save the pet.

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A dog, found seriously injured after falling from cliffs in Cornwall, has died

"Newquay's RNLI volunteers were alerted at 4.24pm on Saturday and launched both the charity's inshore lifeboats after a 999 call had been received by the coastguard, reporting that a dog had gone over the cliff at Park Head, north of Bedruthan Steps and the owner had scrambled down the cliff to attempt to rescue his pet.

"With support from Newquay and Padstow coastguard rescue teams, the lifeboat crew found the man in an isolated cove and one of the RNLI volunteers went ashore and helped him carry the badly-injured German Shepherd over large rocks and through chest-deep water to the lifeboat.

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Coastguard rescue teams and Newquay lifeboats were called to Park Head, after the dog's owner scrambled down to try to rescue their pet

"The man and his dog were quickly taken to Newquay harbour by the lifeboat crew, where a local woman drove the injured dog to a nearby vets, where it sadly, later died. Our thoughts are with the owner.

"The RNLI advises dog walkers to keep your dog on a lead when walking close to cliff edges. In an emergency, don't go after your pet, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard".

Newquay RNLI

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Coastguards and Newquay lifeboat managed to reach the injured pet and its owner at Park Head, but vets could not save the animal

Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team posted the tragic news on social media as a warning to other owners.

"Please keep dogs on leads near cliffs, no matter how well trained there is always a risk.

"If your dog falls from a cliff or gets in trouble in the sea please please do not attempt to rescue yourself.

"We know how valuable our pets are but putting your own life at risk for them is just a step too far.

"Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. We will do everything we can to save them, we are trained & equipped to do so".

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Newquay and Padstow Coastguard rescue teams shared the tragic story, warning other owners to keep pets on leads and not to try to rescue animals if they fall from cliffs

"Sadly, we later learned the dog had passed away at the vets.

"We urge people to keep dogs on leads at all times on coastal and cliff paths.

"Incidents such as this are sadly becoming commonplace in Cornwall and around the UK.

"Remember, no matter how much you may trust your animal, these are not the places to test that trust".

Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team

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