Dog rescued after 80 ft cliff fall

Launch No: 166
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 4 February 2013
Location: West of North Hallsands Beach Start Bay

The Dartmouth Coastguard Search and Cliff Rescue team were called to the cliffs west of North Hallsands beach after a German Shorthaired Pointer had fallen 80 feet down the cliffs. They could see the dog on a ledge at the foot of the cliffs and requested that the Dart inshore lifeboat recover him and reunite him with his owner on Hallsands beach. When the crew arrived the dog tried to come to them but his left front leg was quite deformed by a fracture. He also had a fractured jaw and rib. The crew carried the very well natured dog back to the boat. Once at the beach he was gently placed in a padded fish-box for his owner to take him off to the vet. Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy, Helmsman. Tony Rendle and Jamie Mathys, crewmen. Launch crew. Mark Conroy, tractor driver. Chris Rampling launch crew.


Request Received 11:50am
Time at incident 11 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 23 minutes
Back on Service 1:25pm


Sea/River State Moderate
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 7-16 knots

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