Rescue helicopter tasked after dramatic dog search

Dorset Echo: Rescue helicopter tasked after dramatic dog search Rescue helicopter tasked after dramatic dog search

TWO men who retrieved a dead dog after a cliff plunge had to be rescued when they became cut off by the tide.

The rescue in west Dorset today involved the Portland Coastguard helicopter, Lyme Regis lifeboat and coastguards from West Bay.

The pair had been out searching for the family pet, an Irish red setter, which had disappeared over a cliff yesterday between Bridport and Charmouth.

The dog died in the fall.

After locating the dog underneath cliffs at Thorncombe Beacon, the pair began to carry the deceased pet back across the beach before they met the rising high tide.

Portland Coastguard was called at 10am by the distraught pet owner, who was in a place of safety. He said his son and son-in-law who had been carrying the dog were in difficulty.

A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said: “We were told an Irish red setter had gone over the cliffs at Thorncombe Beacon on Saturday.

“The following day the owner called us to say they were going to go out and search for the dog.

“After locating it, two relatives of the owner had the sad duty of carrying the deceased dog across the beach.

“Unfortunately, they got into trouble against the rising high tide and the pet owner, who was walking behind them, called us for help.”

The family, who were visiting the area from Middlesex, were not injured.

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5:00pm Sun 8 Dec 13

peskykat says...

I am getting so tired of irresponible dog owners letting their pets off
the lead along dangerous clift tops, there are plenty of suitable leads in pet stores that enable a dog to have the freedom they need, if you care enough about your pet then you safeguard it as much as possible against the dangers they may encountered.
I am getting so tired of irresponible dog owners letting their pets off the lead along dangerous clift tops, there are plenty of suitable leads in pet stores that enable a dog to have the freedom they need, if you care enough about your pet then you safeguard it as much as possible against the dangers they may encountered. peskykat

9:01am Mon 9 Dec 13

The Mushroom Man says...

A very sad situation with the dog dying,but that was the fault of the irresponsible owners, then to endanger themselves and emergency services is, quite frankly stupid.
A very sad situation with the dog dying,but that was the fault of the irresponsible owners, then to endanger themselves and emergency services is, quite frankly stupid. The Mushroom Man

12:08pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Micke12 says...

I agree with both comments above - owners know that to have dogs off leads near cliffs is dangerous yet time and again they do it.

Perhaps owners would be more aware of the risk if they were told that any call out for the emergency services would be billable to them if they are found to have called out the emergency services as a result of their own negligence.

We all know that it costs over £200 pounds every time someone calls out an ambulance, so the mind boggles as to how much it costs for the rescue helicopter to attend this type of incident.

Their carelessness cost the dog his or her life, and could quite easily have cost the lives of the 2 people who went down to recover the body of this poor dog.
I agree with both comments above - owners know that to have dogs off leads near cliffs is dangerous yet time and again they do it. Perhaps owners would be more aware of the risk if they were told that any call out for the emergency services would be billable to them if they are found to have called out the emergency services as a result of their own negligence. We all know that it costs over £200 pounds every time someone calls out an ambulance, so the mind boggles as to how much it costs for the rescue helicopter to attend this type of incident. Their carelessness cost the dog his or her life, and could quite easily have cost the lives of the 2 people who went down to recover the body of this poor dog. Micke12

12:48pm Mon 9 Dec 13

shy talk says...

The cost of the MCA SAR callouts including all the emergency services. Is approximately £2500 per mission on average or more depending on time spent on callout. This does not include the Lifeboat or volunteers time.
The cost of the MCA SAR callouts including all the emergency services. Is approximately £2500 per mission on average or more depending on time spent on callout. This does not include the Lifeboat or volunteers time. shy talk

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