Dogs rescued after separate cliff falls at Hendon and Souter Lighthouse

LIFEBOAT volunteers rescued two dogs which plunged 60ft from cliffs in separate incidents.

Archie the cocker spaniel being rescued
Archie the cocker spaniel being rescued

LIFEBOAT volunteers rescued two dogs which plunged 60ft from cliffs in separate incidents.

Luckily both animals survived their falls and were safely reunited with their owners after being plucked off the rocks.

The Coastguard was called to the aid of the first dog shortly before 4.45pm on Saturday.

The owners of a German Shepherd called Mia had dialled 999 when she fell over the cliff edge at Hendon, Sunderland.

Coastguard officers alerted James Jamieson, lifeboat operations manager at Sunderland RNLI, to request the launch of their D Class inshore lifeboat MyJo along with the town’s Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat launched minutes later with three RNLI volunteers onboard under the command of senior helmsman Paul Nicholson.

The crew arrived to find Mia running around on a rocky beach which was completely isolated due to the tide.

After spending 10 minutes trying to get her to come them, the crew decided to pick her owner up from Hendon promenade slipway and take him to the beach.

After a further five minutes the owner managed to get Mia into her lead and safely onboard the inshore lifeboat. Mia and owner were then taken back to the slipway at Hendon where they were helped ashore by Coastguards.

As they were being dropped off, Humber Coastguard received another emergency call reporting a separate incident at Souter Lighthouse where a Cocker Spaniel had similarly fallen over the cliffs.

The charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was also launched from Sunderland to assist the smaller lifeboat.

When the lifeboats and Coastguard teams arrived they found the dog – named Archie – lying on the rocky beach below the cliffs where he had fallen. A volunteer was able to pick him up and carry him to the inshore lifeboat at the water’s edge.

The boat then transferred Archie to another beach 200m away where it was handed back into the care of his owners.

Paul Nicholson said: “Both of the dogs involved have been extremely lucky to survive falls of approximately 60ft on to rocky ground.

“Everyone involved is keeping their fingers crossed that they both make a full recovery and suffer no long term problems. In both cases the owners did exactly the right thing by not attempting to rescue their pets; but dialling 999 to inform the Coastguard.”


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