Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Family watches in horror as their puppy bolts straight off the cliff at North Devon beauty spot.
A springer spaniel pup has ‘miraculously’ survived after tumbling 100 feet down cliffs at Hartland.
A family outing on Sunday turned to stunned shock when six-month-old Tia darted out of the car boot as soon as it opened and ran straight off the cliff.
Carl Hudson from Barnstaple had taken his Bideford cousin Jodie Langridge, her husband Danny, daughter Elise and dogs Tilly and Tia to the beauty spot overlooking Hartland Quay for some photography practise.
Instead the cameras captured a near tragedy and the drama of a cliff rescue: “Danny said he’d looked over expecting to see a dead dog,” said Carl.
“Miraculously, we could see her down at the bottom – she was moving okay but then sat down quite suddenly, obviously in shock.”
Danny rushed down to the Quay and found a coastguard, who summoned a team to carry out a daring cliff abseil, snatching Tia from the stony shore in the nick of time as the tide raced in.
She was reunited with her owners, who were relieved to find she had somehow survived the fall with just a few cuts and damaged claws. “We took her to the vets and she was fine,” said Carl.
“A big thanks to the coastguard, they deserve so much credit.” Jodie added: “We’re both so grateful to the coastguard for saving Tia’s life and what an incredible job they have done.”
To see more pictures of the dramatic rescue, click on the gallery link at the top right of this page.