Dog rescued by RNLI after 65ft cliff fall

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A dog had to be rescued on Sunday after falling 65ft down a cliff near Dunnottar Castle.

RNLI, the local coastguard and Police Scotland all came to the rescue after Bailey the dog fell as his owner was walking along the cliffs at Old Hall Bay south of the Castle.

Bailey fell down a cliff at Old Hall Bay, south of Dunnottar Castle

Bailey fell down a cliff at Old Hall Bay, south of Dunnottar Castle

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Local coastguards were first on the scene, assessed the situation and called for assistance.

“When the pagers went off at 7.27pm most of the volunteer crew were at home doing the usual Sunday night routine. Stonehaven RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Jack & Joyce Burcombe launched at 7.45pm to Old Hall Bay south of Dunnottar Castle where they saw the Coastguard volunteers at the top of the cliff indicating the location of Bailey.”

His owner had been out walking when the daring dog disappeared over the side of the cliff, prompting her to call 112 to alert the emergency services.

The Helm instructed one of the crew to go ashore to find Bailey. Crew member Michael Smith located the dog who was yelping but unharmed. Michael scrambled up onto a ledge to help Bailey and then carried him back down to the waiting boat. The crew estimate that Bailey had fallen approximately 20 meters down the cliffs.

Crew member, Kenneth Jones, said “This was our first animal rescue and it went really well. Bailey was clearly shocked and cold but calm during the rescue and gave us no problems”

Helmsman, Andy Martin, said, “The owner came into the shed to thank us and we were very glad to have been able to help.”

Bailey was reunited with his owner who was overjoyed to see him back and thanked the crew for their efforts.