A pet dog was rescued by firefighters and the Newhaven Coastguard team this morning (Monday, July 27) after jumping over the sea wall onto rocks below.
Newhaven Coastguard and Newhaven Lifeboat launched shortly after 10am following reports of a dog over the cliff at Saltdean, sitting on rocks and surrounded by water.
On arrival, it was established the dog - a Cockapoo called Sweep - had been on the promenade chasing its ball when the ball bounced over the sea wall, which is approximately one metre high. The dog jumped over the wall to catch it, falling approximately seven metres into the water.
After an assessment of the situation, a request for the Fire Brigade was made to put a ladder down onto the beach. The ladder was able to be placed a short distance from the dog and one firefighter and one coastguard descended to the beach.
The dog was quickly recovered, wet and a little cold but otherwise unharmed, and reunited with its owners.
Once everyone was safely off the beach, the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.
A spokesperson for the Newhaven Coastguard said: “The owners did the correct thing in calling the emergency services rather than attempting self rescue.”
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