Dog trapped on cliff

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021

Location: High Cliff, near Maenporth

Weather: N 2, Slight Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 08:55 / Returned 10:31) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Tamsin Mulcahy, Wendy Rabett


At 08:45 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the recovery of a dog from the cliff on the south side of High Cliff near Maenporth. The Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 08:55 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving on scene at 09:10. The Inshore Lifeboat stood by while the cliff team setup their equipment and cut their way through the undergrowth to gain access to the cliff edge. Initially it was planned to lower both the dog and coastguard technician to be recovered by the Inshore Lifeboat below but given the state of the cliff it was decided best to recover the dog to the top of the cliff. Once everyone was safely recovered at 10:19 the Inshore Lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 10:31 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 10:43.

The dog had gone over the cliff edge while out for a walk with its owner. Luckily the dog’s harness had caught around a hawthorn branch and this had stopped it from falling any further. The owner did the correct thing dialling 999 and asking for help right away. This was the second such incident in this area in the last 24 hours and people are reminded to keep their dogs on leads when close to the cliffs.

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