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Three coastguard teams rescued a dog which fell down a cliff in Ness, Lewis.

A coastguard volunteer was secured to a rope and scrambled down the cliff to retrieve the animal which was stuck on a ledge yesterday.

Stornoway, Ness and Bragar teams set up the rope system and provided back-up support during the incident by the Butt of Lewis lighthouse.

The dog was uninjured and handed back to to its grateful owners.

Coastguard advise keeping dog on a lead near cliffs as if they pick up the scent of an animal or hear something on the coast below it doesn’t take much for them to follow their nose.

If a dog does fall down a cliff or starts getting swept out to sea the advice is for people not to attempt to rescue it themselves. Nine times out of ten your dog will rescue itself and return to shore alive, but tragically some owners do not.

Coastguards are trained in all types of rescue on the coast, including dog rescues.

Dog rescued after cliff fall

13 June 2017

HM Coastguard Rescue Team Western Isles