April 13, 2015
Crews rescue dog and owner after 40ft fall over cliffs of Brean Down

Coastguard, RNLI and BARB crews from Burnham-On-Sea were involved in a search for a missing dog and its owner after an incident on Brean Down on Sunday morning (April 12th).

Burnham and Weston RNLI lifeboats joined a team from BARB Search & Rescue - who were already in the area training - after being tasked to assist Coastguards shortly after 10am.

A Spaniel Cross had fallen over the cliffs of the Down near the fort and its concerned owner had clambered down the rocks to try and locate it.

Crews carried out a search of the rocks and the owner was found unhurt but the dog suffered a laceration from its fall down the 40 foot cliff.

The man and the dog were taken onboard a lifeboat and taken to the safety of Brean beach.

A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: "There was good team working by all the crews who were already in the area training, with a positive result in the end."

Nigel Congram, helmsman of the Weston D Class lifeboat, said: "It is always rewarding when we can achieve a satisfactory conclusion like this. We only rescue animals to avoid their owners getting themselves into trouble trying to rescue them. All we ask is that people are very cautious when walking their dogs near cliffs."

Burnham helmsman Ashley Chappell added: "The owner was extremely relieved to find his pet still alive."

Pictured: The scenes at Brean Down on Sunday during the incident

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