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Dog reunited with elderly owner after falling down cliff

Dog reunited with elderly owner after falling down cliff

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:49am 22nd April 2020.

A dog has been reunited with its elderly owner after falling down a cliff on the north Cornwall coast.

The Portreath Coastguard Rescue Team got the shout to Greenbank Cove, west of Basset's Cove, in the North Cliffs area.

It was feared that somebody may have fallen as a dog was reportedly running loose on the cliff path still wearing a lead and collar.

On arrival the pet was found to have tumbled over the cliff and landed on a grassy bank 'some way down' but luckily it wasn't hurt.

It turns out the dog had escaped in Tehidy Woods earlier in the day and it was reunited with its owner within the hour.

"Our colleagues from the St. Ives Coastguard Rescue Team and the St. Ives All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats were also tasked to attend the incident.

"A cliff rescue technician was dispatched to recover the dog and when the animal was safely on the cliff top and found to be unharmed after its ordeal, it was found to be wearing a collar tag with a telephone number on it.

"The police contacted the dog's elderly owner who said that the dog had escaped earlier in the day in Tehidy Woods. They were both reunited within the hour.

"As we were re-stowing our rescue equipment, we were then re-tasked to search for a missing adult who was possibly in the area of Godrevy.

"We deployed our search teams from Hell's Mouth and Godrevy and within the hour the person was spotted by one of our search technicians and handed over to the care of the ambulance service. We returned to our station at about half past seven."

H. M. Coastguard Portreath Rescue Team

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