Warning to dog owners after spate of animal rescues: Paddleboarders rescue French Bulldog stranded on a sandbank out to sea while pup missing for 12 days is found stranded on a cliff
- Coastguards have urged owners to keep their dogs on leads at dangerous spots
A warning has been issued about keeping dogs on leads at beaches and near cliff tops after a series of rescues over the last month.
One dog, Rebel the terrier, had a miracle escape when he plunged off a 100ft cliff, landed in the sea and then walked a mile to a beach in Dorset to be rescued yesterday.
On Tuesday a French bulldog was rescued by two paddleboarders after she became stranded on a sandbank 100 metres out to sea in Cleethorpes.
And a dog has been rescued from the side of a massive cliff in Gwynedd, Wales, where it was stuck for 12 days.
Coastguards have urged owners to keep their dogs on leads where they could get into danger.
Rebel the terrier was off its lead when it suddenly ran over the edge of the 185 million-year-old chalk cliffs near Lulworth, Dorset, yesterday.
Rebel the terrier after being found safe and well after being rescued yesterday
The coastguard were alerted to the incident involving the French bulldog but asked two paddleboarders if they could reach her as the tide was ‘flooding in rapidly’
The rescue of Peppa the dog (red circle) by the Coastguard in Gwynedd, Wales
He fell near Bat’s Head, about a mile from the famous Durdle Door landmark on the Jurassic Coast.
His shocked owners, who were holidaying on the south coast, alerted the coastguards and peered over the edge of the cliffs for any sighting of him.
They finally spotted a wet Rebel walking along the beach below in the direction of Durdle Door and followed him from the cliff top.
Wyke Regis and Lulworth coastguard crews attended the scene and helped with the search.
Rebel finally reached the busy shingle beach at Durdle Door about an hour after his death-defying plunge and was met by his relieved owners.
He ‘did not have a mark on him’ and seemed ‘completely unperturbed’ by his ordeal.
Coastguards said the terrier was ‘very lucky’ to survive the fall and have urged dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead on cliff tops.
A Wyke Regis Coastguard spokesperson said: ‘The team were tasked along with Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team to reports of a dog falling over the cliff.
Rebel’s route from where he fell to Durdle Door beach
‘The terrier was off its lead and had fallen into the sea and then swam a short distance ashore.
‘It was spotted about an hour later running around on the beach at Durdle Door, about a mile along the coast.
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‘The fortunate hound did not have a mark on it and seemed completely unperturbed – I think it just wanted a sausage.
‘We gave out some stern safety advice regarding keeping dogs on leads around cliffs.
‘We would urge the public to heed these warnings.’
It came just one day after the incident on Humberston Fitties beach in Cleethorpes, where a terrified French Bulldog, believed to be called Bubbles, was rescued after she was cut off by the tide.
The coastguard was alerted to the incident but asked two paddleboarders if they could reach the pet as the tide was ‘flooding in rapidly.’
HM Coastguard Cleethorpes said it was ‘too far’ for their team to reach Bubbles safely.
The pair of paddleboarders, whose identities are unknown, quickly made their way out to the pooch and successfully rescued her.
Terrified French Bulldog, believed to be called Bubbles, was rescued after she was cut off by the tide on Humberston Fitties beach in Cleethorpes on Tuesday
The pair of paddleboarders, whose identities are unknown, quickly made their way out to the pooch and successfully rescued her
The Coastguard said: ‘Massive thank you to the two locals who assisted with the rescue.’
Bubbles was cold and very scared when she was found but she has been reunited with her owner
They brought Bubbles back to the beach and she was later reunited with her owner.
A coastguard spokesperson said: ‘Bubbles was cold and very scared.
‘She was taken home by a local resident until the owner could be identified.
‘Bubbles was eventually reunited with her owner safe and well. We love a great outcome.
‘Massive thank you to the two locals who assisted with the rescue.’
Several people on social media have praised the anonymous paddleboarders, with one saying: ‘What a great job done by the paddleboarders, well done and I’m pleased Bubbles is okay.’
Another person said: ‘Awww God bless all that helped this poor baby.
‘Must have been so frightened, first being split up from his family then being stranded.’
One commented: ‘Well done guys and all involved. Keep up the good work.’
In another incident, a pup named Peppa was wedged on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales.
Coastguard were notified after a fisherman and two coastal path walkers spotted her.
Coastguard were notified after a fisherman and two coastal path walkers spotted her
The rescue of Peppa the dog by the Coastguard in Wales after her owners reported her missing on August 12
Peppa had been reported missing by her owners on August 12
Peppa had been reported missing by her owners on August 12 – 12 days before the ‘long and difficult’ rescue.
Aberdaron, Abersoch and Criccieth Coastguard rescue teams worked together with the Porthdinllaen RNLI to carry out the dramatic operation.
Pictures of the ordeal show a Coastguard helicopter overseeing the rescue team scaling the rocky cliff to reach Peppa.
The team were informed that a dog had been missing and matched Peppa to the description – helped by her unusual pink collar.
The ‘lucky dog’ was handed over to friends of her owners to be reunited.
She is said to be doing ‘incredibly well considering her ordeal’.
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