Dog rescued after Flamborough cliff fall

Image caption Coastguard officers took this picture of the cliff at Flamborough where the dog rescue took place

A dog has been rescued from the sea by a lifeboat crew after plunging more than 150ft (45m) down a cliff on the East Yorkshire coast.

The springer spaniel's distressed owner phoned the emergency services after her pet fell over the cliffs at Flamborough Head, near Bridlington on Sunday.

Coastguard cliff rescue officers and the RNLI lifeboat from Flamborough were sent to the scene at North Landing.

The lifeboat crew found 12-year-old Sharna swimming in the sea.

The dog had fallen from a height of 150-175ft, but had then fallen further from a ledge into the sea, the coastguard said.

'Serious danger'

The dog's owner, a woman from Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, was so overcome by the incident she required treatment by an ambulance crew, the coastguard said.

Nigel Atkinson, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member, said: "The dog was frightened and shaking, but appeared otherwise unharmed.

"It is vitally important that people keep their dogs on leads when walking them on the cliff top to avoid this happening.

"Owners often get into serious danger trying to rescue their pets themselves, thankfully this time there was a happy ending, but this is not always the case."

Last year there were 227 coastal accidents involving dogs that required emergency assistance from the coastguard, he added.

Last month, a black Labrador had a lucky escape when he fell over a cliff while out on a walk at Durdle Door in Dorset.

The dog plunged five metres down a cliff before Lulworth coastguard rescue team managed to bring him to the top of the cliff where he was reunited with his owners.

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