SPECIALIST rope equipment has been used to rescue a dog that fell over the edge of the cliff.

Ventnor and Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Teams worked together to ensure the safe rescue of the dog, thought to be a Labrador, at Ventnor between Steephill Cove and Orchard Bay.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said the dog had gone through a hole in a fence before getting into difficulty.

It was reunited with its owner at around 2pm.

The rescue follows a series of similar incidents dealt with by the coastguard teams.

A dog died yesterday after going over the cliff at Whale Chine.


From Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team.

"Tasked by Solent Coastguard - Operations Centre to a dog that had fallen over the cliff behind the Botanic Gardens.

"Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to back us up.

"We located the dog who had landed on a ledge around 15 feet from the cliff top.

"A full rope rescue was set up where we lowered our cliff tech with the animal rescue bag to secure the dog, Bo, an 18 month old Lab and recover her to the cliff top path.

"She was safely handed back to her relieved owners with no apparent injuries.

"The owners did exactly the right thing calling 999 for the Coastguard. Never attempt to self rescue, call us and we will do it safely to retrieve your pet."

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