Lucky puppy rescued after plummeting 150 feet off a cliff

Ellen Manning

A puppy had a lucky escape after chasing a stone over a cliff and plummeting 150ft.

Cocker spaniel Indy was out for a walk with her owners on a narrow path at Hurlestone Point near Porlock, Somerset, when she dived off the cliff after the stone.

The one year old was rescued by members of a lifeboat crew who swam ashore and found Indy among boulders at the foot of the cliff.

Amazingly, she had only suffered bumps and bruises despite the huge fall.

Rescue – two members of a lifeboat crew swam ashore to rescue Indy from the boulders at the bottom of the cliff (Pictures: SWNS)

Charlie Gay, who rescued Indy alongside fellow lifeboat crew member Richard Huish, said: “She had a few scratches and bumps and was very shaken up but it could have been much worse.

“Luckily it’s not a sheer drop down from where she went off the path. There is a steep grassy slope and then a steeply angled rock face, which is where she must have come down.”

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Rescuing clumsy canines isn’t anything new to the lifeboat crews, who came to the aid of a dog stranded for a week after falling down a cliff three years ago on the same stretch of coastline.

More recently they helped rescue a dog-walker who became stranded after trying to help her pet.

Safe and sound – Indy was returned to her owners by the lifeboat crew who rescued her

Minehead lifeboat spokesman Chris Rundle said: “Dogs have no appreciation of the danger of cliffs and if they start to chase a bird, an animal or a stone they just follow their instincts.

“The RNLI is there principally to save human lives but we will always do what we can if animals are in trouble, as long as the conditions are favourable.

“In this case the sea was calm and we were able to get close in to the rocks and put our two crew members ashore without any undue risk to them or the boat.

“Given the inaccessible spot where the dog was stuck had we not intervened it is quite possible it would have drowned when the tide came in.

“Alternatively its owners may have tried to find and rescue it themselves, which could have exposed them to serious risk at one of the most dangerous locations along this coastline.”

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