Rescue effort after woman and 10-stone dog fall 50 feet from cliffs in Exmouth

A woman and her hefty pet dog had a lucky escape after falling 50 feet from cliffs in Exmouth.

Coastguard rescuers said 10-stone Baloo the Newfoundland ‘took his owner for a walk’ over the edge of Orcombe Point this morning (Sunday, March 22).

The duo were found on a ridge some 15 metres down the face of the coastline before being helped back to safety.

On arrival the lady and dog were located about 50 feet down on a ridge – the dog was a 65kg Newfoundland, so a lot bigger than most of the other dogs we rescue….

Exmouth and Beer coastguard teams and firefighters were called to the scene at around 8.30am.

Emergency services say a free app that allowed 999 control operators to pinpoint the casualties’ location played a key role in their rescue.

An Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: “Tasked at 8.32am this morning alongside Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to a dog and owner approximately 15 metres over the cliff at the highland of Orcombe.

“Full cliff rescue equipment was deployed and both owner and dog were recovered safely.

Baloo the Newfoundland dog and his owner following their rescue at Orcombe Point in Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

Baloo the Newfoundland dog and his owner following their rescue at Orcombe Point in Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

“The owner and her 65kg Newfoundland dog ‘Baloo’ were more than happy to see us after Baloo decided to take her owner for a walk!

“The app what3words paid a big part in locating the casualty as she was able to pass her location to  Solent Coastguard – Operations Centre which enabled her swift location and recovery.”

A Beer Coastguard spokesperson added: “On arrival the lady and dog were located about 50 feet down on a ridge – the dog was a 65kg Newfoundland, so a lot bigger than most of the other dogs we rescue.

“A plan was made how to rescue both with assistance from a senior coastguard operations officer.

“Both were rescued safely and reunited at the clifftop.

“Thanks to Exmouth fire and rescue service for coming along and their offer to help.”

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