Warning after dog falls 60ft down cliff at Salcombe Hill

Dog owners are being warned to keep pets on leads when walking near cliff edges following a dramatic incident at Salcombe Hill today (September 10).

Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and Exmouth Coastguard were called to the spot near Sidmouth after a two-year-old golden retriever called Berti fell 60 feet after chasing a rabbit.

The dog’s owner had almost fallen off the cliff herself, looking to see where he had gone.

Emergency services were alerted at 4.58pm

Beer Coastguard Rescue Team said in statement: “The dog had a GPS tracker which showed he was 60 feet down.”

Four rescue officers arrived on scene and, while the mobile rescue team was on route, Berti partially made his way back up the cliff to a point 30 feet from the top.

The statement said: “As the mobile got on scene, the dog self recovered to the cliff top uninjured and was with the owner.

“We gave some first aid to the owner, who had minor cuts on both legs, and Berti drank two bottles of water. Thirsty work this cliff climbing.”

It added: “Please keep your dogs on a lead when near the cliff edge.”

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