A miracle dog has survived falling nearly 1,000ft off one of Britain's tallest cliffs - before spending more than a week clinging to a rocky ledge. Rescuers say Sprig, a nine-year-old springer spaniel, survived days without food and water - by licking moisture of rocks and moss.
Sprig vanished while his owners Mark and Susie Sanderson, both 50, admired the view from Foreland Point in north Devon. The distraught couple organised search parties and put up posters as they hunted their missing pet.
But he was finally located eight days later by a passing lifeboat crew who went to the help a stranded sheep and spotted Sprig marooned on a tiny outcrop 30ft from the bottom of the towering 991ft headland.
The volunteer crew of Minehead's Atlantic 85 class boat climbed up to find the lucky pooch tired, hungry but completely unharmed. He was lowered on to their ship and taken to safety before RNLI officials put out an appeal on Facebook for his owners, who responded within hours of Sunday's rescue.
Susie Sanders is a farmer from Wheddon Cross, Somerset.
Minehead RNLI had taken the boat close in to the cliffs after noticing a sheep that was trapped. They were just turning away to leave when a crew member saw movement and looked up to see Sprig peering down on them.