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Dog dies after falling from cliffs in Cornwall

Dog dies after falling from cliffs in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:31am 25th September 2019. (Updated at 10:12am 25th September 2019)

A dog has died after falling from a 200ft cliff on the north Cornwall coast.

The St Agnes lifeboat recovered the poor pet in the Portreath area on Sunday.

Crews say the Cocker Spaniel was chasing a seagull at the time of the incident.

Its owner and a friend had let their animals off their leads in an area quite far from the edge.

Tragically they did not realise that further down, the cliff path suddenly gets dangerously close to the drop.

The RNLI has shared the story as a warning to other dog walkers to keep their animals on leads.

"The lifeboat arrived within 15 minutes of being tasked and two crew entered the shallow, but rocky calm water in front of the beach, and they went ashore. 

"The lifeboat was unable to land, due to the rocky terrain under the water.

"The two crew approached the dog, which was near the top of the beach, with caution as an injured animal can be very aggressive. When they reached the dog, it was apparent that it had not survived the fall.

"The dog was covered over and recovered to the lifeboat, so it could be taken into Portreath Harbour and re-united with its owner, who was waiting for them there.

"The owner and their friend told the crew that they were on holiday and had taken their two spaniels for a walk up a pathway toward the top of the cliffs, and the dogs had been let off their leads. 

"Unbeknown to them, at the top of the initial path, which is far back from the cliff edge, it suddenly gets very close to the cliff edge. 

"The younger of the two dogs, was two years old, and when he saw a seagull, he ran towards it. The seagull took flight and the dog did not stop when it came to the sudden cliff edge.

"The RNLI would like to take this opportunity to highlight the potential dangers of dogs near cliffs or open waterways and advise all owners to keep their dog on a lead, in case there is an unexpected edge where the dog may fall.

"This is the third occasion this year, that dogs have fallen from the cliffs at the same location.

"It is hoped that although this is a story with a tragic outcome, the incident may have a small positive for the owners of the dog fatally injured if it makes other dog owners consider the potential dangers to their beloved dog, and it alleviates it happening to them".

St Agnes RNLI

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