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Dog that survived 60ft cliff fall rescued by RNLI

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

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TWO Newquay lifeboats were called to rescue a dog after it fell 60ft from cliffs at East Pentire on Friday – World Animal Day 2013.

The Staffordshire bull terrier, called Trigger, escaped serious injury and was reunited with its owner.

Falmouth coastguard paged the lifeboat crew at 2.22pm in response to a report that a dog had gone over the cliff and its owner had got stuck while trying to rescue it, being unable to climb back up a slippery grass slope.

Both inshore lifeboats were launched but arrived to find Trigger had survived the fall and was running around on the rocks on the Gannel side of the headland at Salt Cove.

In calm seas, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Tabby Cat stood off as the smaller D-class boat, with Ashley Mann at the helm, went ashore to rescue the dog, which was landed safely at Fern Pit steps on the estuary.

Meanwhile, the Newquay coastguard rescue team had led the owner to safety on a harness.

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