A tail with a happy ending in Peacehaven - Newhaven Coastguard praise dog owner for doing the ''right thing''
Photo courtesy of Newhaven Coastguard
From Newhaven Coastguard Facebook:
Tasked to Peacehaven after a dog owner call to say his dog had gone missing while walking near the Rushy Hill Caravan site. He had looked for the dog for a few hours but feared it had gone over the cliff edge.
Initially he was going to do an under cliff search on his own but on advice from his daughter decided to call the Coastguard.
A Coastguard team carried out a cliff base search from the promenade East to Burrow Head and re searched the area on their return to the Promenade. The dog was not found.
After giving the owner advice we returned to station and he returned home.
Shortly after arriving at our station we received a message from the owner to say the dog had turned up safe and well at home looking a little guilty. He felt silly for wasting out time.
In our opinion he did exactly the right thing by calling us.
With the conditions under foot treacherous with deep gullies and slippery wet green seaweed if he had injured himself and been unable to walk out nobody would have know he was there and none of the teams mobile phones worked under the cliffs so he wouldn’t have been able to raise the alarm
In this area the next incoming tide comes up to the cliff.
This time a tale with a happy ending, or should that be a tail with a happy ending?
Never attempt self rescue.
As always we advise to keep dogs on a lead anywhere near a cliff edge.
In a coastal emergency call the trained and properly equipped professionals.