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Warning after dog's cliff plunge

By Warren Wilkins 2nd January 2013

THE Coastguard has warned dog owners to keep their pets on a lead near cliff edges after a dog had a miraculous escape following a 120-foot fall in Newquay.

Lara, a Golden Labrador, was rescued by Newquay and St Agnes Search and Rescue teams at Pentire above Baker’s Folly on Saturday, December 22, at about 12 noon.

The dog came away unscathed despite plunging over the cliff edge onto the rocks below. It is believed she could have slid part of the way down.

Newquay Coastguard  member William Miller was winched down the cliff to bring Lara to safety.
Lara’s owner, Amanda Kemp from Oxford, was visiting her Newquay friend Lottie when the incident happened. Lara had been running around with two other dogs, Millie and Riley, when she suddenly disappeared.

Amanda later took biscuits and beer to the Newquay Coastguard Station at Treloggan Industrial Estate to show her appreciation following the rescue. Lara was able to join Millie and Riley for a run on Watergate Bay Beach the following day.

Amanda said: “We were walking up towards the Lewinnick Lodge after taking the dogs for a run on Fistral Beach. I did not see her go over.

“We started looking for Lara and eventually heard her barking at the bottom. It is incredible she came up unscathed. There is not a mark on her. She may have slid some of the way. I would like to say a massive thanks to the Coastguard teams. They did a great job and they were very kind.”

The Coastguard operation took two-and-a-half hours to complete. Newquay RNLI lifeboats were put on standby.

Matt Pavitt, the North Cornwall Coastguard sector manager, said: “We have conducted a cliff rescue operation to rescue a large Golden Labrador from the bottom of the cliff. A lady was walking her dog when it fell over the cliff, which is about 120-foot high.

“I would urge people, when walking their dogs near cliff edges, to keep them on a lead. Dogs should not be let to run on because dogs being dogs chase rabbits and gulls, whatever they can get their paws on, and they fall off the cliff.

“Cliff paths are unstable in wet weather as well.”

Newquay Coastguard station manager, Dave Bulley, said: “The dog rescue was a happy result for everyone.

“People should be very careful around cliff edges, especially with the wet weather we’ve had.

“Everyone should keep well clear from the cliff edge because it is very slippery and unstable after all the rain.”

By Warren Wilkins 2nd January 2013

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