Dog dies after falling from cliffs at Orcombe Point in Exmouth

A dog died after falling from cliffs at Orcombe Point in Exmouth despite the best efforts of the coastguard.

Rescue teams from the town and Beer were called to the incident at around 9.10pm on Saturday (August 15).

But they were unable to help the pet, which was found on the beach below.

It was the second ‘distressing’ incident of its kind in the past ten days, said the emergency service.

Dog walkers have been urged to keep their animals on a short lead while on cliff-tops.

An Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: “Tasked alongside Beer Coastguard Rescue Team to a report of a dog over the cliff at Orcombe Point.

“On scene the dog was located fairly quickly but unfortunately had succumbed to the fall.

“Our thoughts are with the owners.

“This is our second distressing call in ten days to dogs over the cliff where they have died as a result.

“Please keep your dogs on a short lead on the cliff-tops.

“If you do find yourself in a similar situation, do not attempt a self-rescue, always call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

“We are fully trained and equipped to deal with these situations.”

A Beer Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson added: “Tasked along with Exmouth Coastguard team to a dog over the cliff at Orcombe point Exmouth.

“The owner was in a distressed state looking for the dog.

“Exmouth team were first on scene and located the dog on the beach, unfortunately the dog was deceased.

“As a rope rescue was not required, we were stood down and returned to station.

“Our thoughts are with the owners.

“If your walking you dogs on the cliffs, please keep them on a lead at all times.”

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