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Cocker spaniel survives two cliff falls and swims a mile to the safety


 

A cocker spaniel had a lucky escape after twice falling off a cliff and then swimming nearly a mile to the safety of a yacht.

Cocker spaniel survives two cliff falls and swims a mile to the safety

Buddy the dog.

The five-year-old pet, called Buddy, was being walked along a coastal path when it chased a rabbit and fell down the 100ft cliff near Studland, Dorset.

It ended up in the sea and as it tried to scramble back up it fell 30ft back into the water.

The dog then changed tactics and paddled out to sea where it was spotted two hours later by a couple in an anchored yacht.

The pair took it aboard and gave it water while their own pet dog, also called Buddy, made a fuss of him.

The rescue was finally completed when a passing jet-skier gave the dog a lift back to the beach where he was reunited with his owner, Steve Kingsley, 59.

Mr Kingsley said: "I can’t believe he went through all of that and lived to tell the tale, it’s a miracle really.

"I only took him out for a quiet walk and yet he managed to trigger this huge scare involving almost everyone on the beach and at sea.

"He is so lucky. I think I will buy him a lottery ticket this weekend."

Coastguards had put out an alert for any boats in the area to look out for a dog in the sea. Steve Moran and his wife, Annette, heard the alert on board their 46ft ketch.

They spotted the dog through binoculars and picked it up in a rigid inflatable boat.

Mr Moran, 45, a dock master from Totton, Hants, said: "He was quite distressed when we reached him and was whimpering.

"We took him back to our boat and gave him some water and some food which we had for our Jack Russell, Buddy.

"I was really surprised he was still alive."

The couple told coastguards of the rescue and a jet-skier drove out to the yacht to collect the dog and take it back to the beach.

Mr Kingsley, who owns the dog with his wife Ros, 48, and their three children, Thomas, 20, Sarah, 18 and Jack 16, said: "I couldn’t believe he was still in one piece.

"He was absolutely fine and was full of the joys of spring. God knows where he thought he was going – the Isle of Wight probably!"

Cocker spaniel survives two cliff falls and swims a mile to the safety – Telegraph

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August 12, 2009 - Posted by | Animals, Blogroll, Entertainement, nature, Weird

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