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Dog owner and pet rescued by hovercraft

Dog and owner rescued from Brean Down Credit: Alan Bowkett

A dog owner and his pet have been rescued by a rescue hovercraft and lifeboats from Burnham after the animal fell down the steep cliffs of Brean Down yesterday afternoon (Sunday Sept 20th).

BARB Search & Rescue’s Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft flew the pair back to the safety of the beach after the dog was left injured after a 40ft fall down the cliffs on the southern side of Brean Down.

Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were first called to the scene at 2pm after the dog owner, who is from Bridgwater, dialled 999 on his mobile phone to ask for help.

The crews worked closely together, with the lifeboats retrieving the man and his pet, named Blaze, from the rocks and the hovercraft then flying them over the mudflats to safety.

This was a great example of multi-agency team working.

The man had clambered down the cliffs to reach his dog at the water’s edge but then found he was unable to get back up.

There was therefore concern for him and the dog, who were quite a distance from the shore line. Our advice is always to keep dogs on leads while walking on Brean Down.

– Dave Welland, Burnham Coastguard Officer
A dog owner and his pet have been rescued by a rescue hovercraft and lifeboats from Burnham Credit: BARB
Dog and owner rescued from Brean Down Credit: Alan Bowkett
Dog and owner rescued from Brean Down Credit: Alan Bowkett