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Owners of dog which survived cliff fall at Belle Tout thank Newhaven Lifeboat

Newhaven Lifeboat and Birling Gap Coastagurds with Mark Russell and Claire Morris.

Newhaven Lifeboat and Birling Gap Coastagurds with Mark Russell and Claire Morris.

A couple returned to thank Newhaven Lifeboat and Birling Gap Coastguards for rescuing their dog after it miraculously survived a 300 foot cliff top fall.

Mark Russell and Claire Morris visited the volunteers at the Lifeboat Station with their collie dog Iggy on Sunday December 15.

Their beloved pet had fallen off cliffs at Belle Tout when chasing seagulls.

Deputy second coxswain Phill Corsi said: “It was great to have this happy reunion with Iggy today.

“A serious message though: please if you are walking your dog along the cliffs please ensure that they are kept on a lead for their own safety as we have attended many more incidents of this nature this year.

“Iggy is incredibly lucky to survive such a fall; sadly this is rarely the case.”

During the visit Iggy was presented with an inscribed blanket from the Lifeboat crew.

The lifeboat was called to rescue the dog on November 21.

When the lifeboat arrived, volunteers launched the daughter inflatable boat after the dog was spotted cowering at the base of the cliffs.

Crew made their way to the shore and rescued the distressed collie.

They were amazed that Iggy appeared to be relatively uninjured and he was taken by boat to Birling Gap to be given back to his owners.

Mark and Claire, who are from Surrey, said: “The Newhaven Lifeboat crew are truly amazing. Hats off to all these volunteers for doing a fabulous service and truly making a difference.”

 

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