Nottinghamshire dog rescued by coastguard after surviving 45-metre cliff fall

Button the dog was left “shocked and dazed” but is now resting at home
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A Nottinghamshire dog is lucky to be alive after falling off a 45-metre cliff onto the beach below.

Sandra Costin was walking Button the Cockapoo off a lead when the dog plunged over the edge of the sheer drop in Flamborough, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Ms Costin, from Oxton, near Calverton, in Nottinghamshire, was visiting the area when the dog fell at around 11.10am on Thursday, June 22.

Humber Coastguard sent Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and two technicians abseiled down the cliff face to rescue the stranded pooch, where they were greeted “by a very friendly dog”.

Button was placed in an animal rescue bag and winched back up the cliff into the care of vets and her owners, near the Thornwick Bay Holiday Park.

Fortunately, the dog suffered no serious injuries during the fall.

Ms Costin, a former NHS nurse, said Button “is shocked and dazed and now resting at home”.

“They saved our beautiful girl and brought her back to us,” she added.

Rescue teams were greeted by a “very friendly dog” on the beach below. (Photo: Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team)Rescue teams were greeted by a “very friendly dog” on the beach below. (Photo: Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team)
Rescue teams were greeted by a “very friendly dog” on the beach below. (Photo: Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team)

“I was very stupid walking her without the lead on but she loves to run around.

“I will never forgive myself for putting her and those brave men at risk.”

Flamborough RNLI’s lifeboat was also launched to provide an alternative rescue method.

“This is an important reminder that when walking dogs on cliff top paths ensure they are kept on a lead [and] should anything happen, never put yourself in danger,” a Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said.