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Warning issued after dog rescued at Dawlish

A black dog called Ted was rescued by the RNLI at Red Rock, Dawlish Photo:

The RNLI has issued a safety message about walking dogs along the coast after a dog was rescued at Dawlish.

On Sunday 23rd December emergency services received a 999 call concerning a dog that had fallen into the water at Red Rock, Dawlish. Exmouth's lifeboat was launched a black dog called Ted was pulled out of the sea and handed back to his owner.

The RNLI says if you're walking along the coast, please use a lead no matter how familiar your dog is with the area. The most well-trained dogs can easily slip and fall off cliff tops and into the sea.

If your dog does fall into water, do not attempt to rescue the animal yourself. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"This type of shout has become routine for us and in this case, Ted was exploring the beach, jumped over a wall and unexpectedly ended up in the water, falling around 3 metres. The location was only accessible from the water and there could have been a danger if the owner had attempted to self-rescue.

"Last year, between 9 December and 9January, Exmouth’s volunteer Crew were called out to five dog rescues. Unfortunately,one was a fatality. This of course is devastation for the owners but as dog lovers ourselves, it affects us too."

"Please use a lead no matter how familiar your dog is with the area, especially on cliffs and by fast moving water. The most well-trained dogs can fall off cliff tops as they can easily be distracted by wildlife and other things. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard –do not attempt rescue yourself.’

– Roy Stott, Exmouth RNLI