COASTGUARDS came to the rescue of a small dog named Bertie on Sunday after the family pet went over cliffs near Combe Martin.

Members of the Ilfracombe and Lynmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams were called just out before 4pm by an anxious holidaymaking couple from Essex.

All ended well for the terrier cross and his owners after a member of the team climbed down the cliff near Broadsands Beach and retrieved Bertie before reuniting him with his grateful owners.

A coastguard spokesman warned all dog walkers on or near cliff tops to ensure their pets were kept on a lead at all times: “It minimises the risk to the dog and we see far too often where we are called out after people who have attempted to rescue their dogs,” he said.