Sammy the Westie in cliff ledge rescue

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A dog had to be rescued after falling over cliffs at Holywell on Tuesday night and landing on a ledge.

Eastbourne Coastguard cliff rescue team was called at 8pm to the report of a dog over the cliff.

A woman had phoned the Coastguard to say her dog Sammy had fallen to a ledge about 20 feet down the cliff and could not get back. She was advised not to attempt to get to the dog herself and to wait for coastguards.

When coastguards arrived they discovered the dog had fallen down from the path behind St Bedes School.

Equipment was rigged at the cliff top and a Coastguard cliff man was lowered down to the ledge where the dog, a small Westie, was.

Coastguard station officer Stuart McNab said, “Sammy was uninjured and jumped willingly into the cliff man’s arms. Both the cliffman and the dog where then hauled backup the cliff and the dog was returned to the very grateful owner.

“We are happy to help dog owners who’s pets get into trouble on the cliff and this lady did exactly the right thing by waiting for the trained and equipped cliff team to arrive.”