Dorset

Woman and dog rescued from 60ft cliff

A woman and her dog were rescued after they became stuck 60ft (18m) up a cliff.

The rescue operation near West Bay, Dorset, involved 13 coastguard rescue officers and a lifeboat crew.

Both the owner and dog were found to be safe but entangled in undergrowth halfway down the cliff at about 14:00 GMT on Saturday.

The owner of the husky Alsatian cross had attempted to rescue it after it had gone missing on a walk.

Simon Dennis from Portland Coastguard said: "This was a challenging operation, this incident had a good outcome for both owner and dog, but such incidents can very easily have different consequences.

"After a number of similar incidents this year, we again urge owners to keep dogs on leads near cliff edges, people should call 999 and ask for the coastguard rather than attempt to recover animals themselves."

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