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Dog dies after plunging from cliffs in north Cornwall

Dog dies after plunging from cliffs in north Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 6:53am 30th January 2020.

Archive photo of a Coastguard rescue: Bude Coastguard Rescue Team

A dog has died after plunging from cliffs on the north Cornwall coast.

Rescuers rushed to Duckpool Bay near Bude the Sunday before last but, tragically, the pet could not be saved.

Coastguards have issued a safety warning, revealing this is the third incident in a month.

One animal managed to save itself after falling from Man's Head near St Ives.

Another was pulled to safety after getting stuck on the Helford.

"Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were paged at 12:34 yesterday and tasked to Duckpool car park following the report of a dog that had gone over the cliff. 

"Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team were also paged to provide additional personnel should a rope rescue be necessary.

"With one member of the team remaining at a high vantage point to relay communications to Falmouth CGOC (Coastguard Operations Centre), other members of the team proceeded to the incident and confirmed the dog was unfortunately deceased.

"As this was a very distressing incident for the owners, we please ask that any comments below be good natured".

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team

What is the safety advice from Coastguards?

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has posted the following warning, on 'Walk Your Dog Month'.

It says there are all sorts of benefits to dog-walking, for people and pets, but coastguards are often called upon to rescue dogs and their owners when they get into difficulty. 

The agency added to make sure you stay safe when out and about with your four-legged friends by keeping a few simple tips in mind.

  • Stay away from cliff edges - they can be crumbly or slippery when wet
  • Always keep your dog on a lead near cliffs
  • However strong the impulse may be, do not attempt to rescue a dog which is being swept out to sea. This is because you are likely to get into difficulty and many dogs return to shore but some owners do not. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

You can read more safety advice from the RNLI here.

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