Down girl! Coastguard to the rescue after dog gets stuck on 40ft cliffs at Branscombe

Coastguard rescuers fetched a stricken dog stuck on 40ft cliffs in Branscombe.

Canine Gracie sparked a 999 call after giving her holidaying masters the slip and was spotted roaming the precarious coastline.

Her worried owners had been trying to save the pooch for more than an hour before calling in Beer Coastguard.

The crew quickly arrived at the scene – but had difficulty collaring the animal above the river at Branscombe Mouth.

“We soon got sight of her on the 40ft cliff, but she kept going along animal tracks east, west and up and down,” said a Beer Coastguard spokesperson.

“We had team members on the cliff top and on the beach. It was too overgrown to attempt a rope rescue recovery and, also, the fact she would not stay in one location would have made rope recovery difficult.”

A member of the team donned a drysuit, crossed the small river, and eventually managed to ‘coax’ Gracie down to be reunited with her owners.

“They were on holiday and didn’t know what we could do,” said the spokesman.

“Thanks to the staff at the Sea Shanty for suggesting they contacts the coastguard.”

The incident happened on Thursday, July 11, at around 4.50pm.

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