Dog ‘fortunately’ survives after going over cliffs at Orcombe Point in Exmouth

Coastguards at Exmouth were on Tuesday (August 18) called to rescue a dog that had gone over the cliff at Orcombe Point.

The team said the latest call-out was the third rescue of a dog at Orcombe Point within as many weeks.

The Exmouth coastguard team said the animal ‘fortunately’ survived, urged dog owners to keep their pets on a short lead when walking on cliff tops, not to self-rescue stricken animals, and call the coastguard in an emergency.

The team was also called out to a dog rescue at Orcombe Point three days ago, on Saturday (August 15), where the pet died after going off the cliff.

A coastguard spokesperson said: “Exmouth coastguard rescue team were again tasked to a dog that had gone over the cliff up at the highland of Orcombe.

“This is the third incident of its type in as many weeks. This dog fortunately survived.”

A spokesperson for Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution said: “Please keep dogs on a lead around our coastal paths, even those dogs which don’t normally run off.”

Exmouth coastguard is warning dog owners to keep their pets on leads on cliff tops.

The team said dog owners should call 999 if their pet goes over cliffs, and not attempt to rescue their animal.

An Exmouth coastguard spokesperson said: “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.”

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Dog dies after falling from cliffs at Orcombe Point in Exmouth

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