Dog dies after falling 400ft from cliffs at Beer Head

A dog died after falling around 400 feet from cliffs at Beer Head.

Coastguard rescuers were called to search for the white chihuahua, called Gladys, after she went over the edge of the coastline between Branscombe and Beer yesterday (Wednesday, May 6).

They subsequently found the pet on the beach below.

Sadly, she was found deceased on the beach having fallen about 400 feet. Our thoughts are with the owners…

A spokesperson for Beer Coastguard, which attended the incident at around 11.20am with colleagues from Lyme Regis, said: “On arrival we rigged a holdfast and sent an edge safety person, in harness and secured to the holdfast, over the fence to the cliff edge, to try and see if Gladys, a white chihuahua, was stuck somewhere.

“We also sent sent two CROs [Castguard Rescue Offcers] to the beach to see if Gladys could be seen.

“Sadly, she was found deceased on the beach having fallen about 400 feet. Our thoughts are with the owners.”

A Lyme Regis Coastguard spokesperson added: “On arrival both teams set up their cliff rescue equipment. This enabled two coastguard officers to safely go to the cliff edge and see if the dog could be located.

“At the same time, officers were also sent down on to the beach.

“On arrival at the base of the cliff, some 90 metres below, the missing dog was located.

“Sadly, the dog had not survived the fall.

“The dog was carefully packaged into the animal rescue ‘bag’ and carried out to Branscombe. Here the two officers were met by a coastguard vehicle. The dog was then returned to the owners.

“The owners rightly called the Coastguard rather than putting themselves at risk.

“Please keep your dog on a lead when walking on or near the cliffs.”

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