Dog And Owner Rescued In Cliff Drama

3 January 2011, 08:13

A dog and its owner have been rescued after going over some cliffs at Durdle Door yesterday afternoon (Sunday 2nd Jan).

It happened just west of Lulworth cove at 3.30pm – the dog, who wasn’t on a lead, had gone over the top of the cliff and the owner and followed to try and rescue it.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R-106 and Lulworth Coastguard were both sent to the area.  Further 999 calls from the informants reported the owner’s situation and well-being deteriorating.

Arriving on scene, the helicopter immediately airlifted the owner off the cliff face and landed him on the cliff path.  The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was the sent to another serious incident and the Coastguard Rescue Officers rescued the dog from the base of the cliff.

Bruce Lack, Watch Manager at Portland Coastguard said

“The dog was rushed off to a vet by the Coastguard where he was checked over.  The dog is OK and both he and his owner should survive their ordeal.

“We always advise owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking the cliff paths and never to put one’s own life in danger in an attempt to rescue a beloved family pet.”