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West Highland terrier Ruby rescued by coastguard after plunge down Barton cliff



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A DOG had a lucky escape after plunging 15ft down a clifftop at Barton yesterday (Monday) morning.

Coastguard teams from Lymington and Southbourne responded to a 999 call around 11.30am reporting the pet, a West Highland terrier named Ruby, had gone over the cliff while walking with her owners.

Ruby fell 15ft down Barton cliff (photo: Lymington Coastguard)
Ruby fell 15ft down Barton cliff (photo: Lymington Coastguard)

They set up a rope rescue rig, and a technician abseiled down to Ruby, who had landed on a ledge above the mud flats. A quick check-over established she seemed to be safe and well.

Ruby was then placed inside a specialist small animal recovery bag before being brought back to the clifftop near Hoburne Naish Holiday Park and being reunited with her owners.

The coastguard team abseiled down to Ruby (photo: Lymington Coastguard)
The coastguard team abseiled down to Ruby (photo: Lymington Coastguard)

Although she appeared to be okay, the coastguard team recommended they take her to the vet for a check-up.

A Lymington Coastguard spokesperson said afterwards: “Dog walkers should be aware of dangerous cliff edges and keep your dog on a lead in that proximity.”



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