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Old 17 October 2011, 04:15   #11
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Good work Steve . It was nice out over the weekend . I was having cake and eating it again on Nestor .

Kepp it up ( and the charter stuff ! )
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Well done Steve, I saw the RNLI going to this shout I think, I was staying at Anvil Point Lighthouse over the weekend and spotted a small RNLI rib going past close inshore.

Must be a weekend for dogs, while walking along the south coast cliff path from Anvil point in the direction of Dancing Ledge I heard a dog barking and whimpering, I risked my neck to climb round some rocks on the cliff top to where the sound was coming from and found a very large dog which wasn't happy at all tied to a rock, judging by the fact there was a pile of three persons clothes and shoes nearby and a rope dangling down the cliff face I came to the conclusion there were climbers on the cliff face. So all was well but I found it disturbing they would just leave their dog barking and whimpering on the cliff top. I expect at some point if they do this regularly someone might call the coastguard for this. People don't think.

P.s. If anyone enjoys walking then staying at Anvil Point lighthouse is a great base to explore the dorest coast. www.ruralretreats.co.uk
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Well done Steve, I saw the RNLI going to this shout I think, I was staying at Anvil Point Lighthouse over the weekend and spotted a small RNLI rib going past close inshore.

Must be a weekend for dogs, while walking along the south coast cliff path from Anvil point in the direction of Dancing Ledge I heard a dog barking and whimpering, I risked my neck to climb round some rocks on the cliff top to where the sound was coming from and found a very large dog which wasn't happy at all tied to a rock, judging by the fact there was a pile of three persons clothes and shoes nearby and a rope dangling down the cliff face I came to the conclusion there were climbers on the cliff face. So all was well but I found it disturbing they would just leave their dog barking and whimpering on the cliff top. I expect at some point if they do this regularly someone might call the coastguard for this. People don't think.

P.s. If anyone enjoys walking then staying at Anvil Point lighthouse is a great base to explore the dorest coast. www.ruralretreats.co.uk
Just found out someone did report the large dog ...

Saturday, 15 October 2011
Saturday - Two jobs and the hound from hell.
Following an 'odd job' this morning the team were called to Guillemot Ledge, about 200m east of Dancing Ledge. A worried member of the public called to say a dog had been left at the top of the cliff and was distressed; a pile of clothes were close by. At first it sounded like a bad job. Fortunately it transpired that there were two climbers below and the dog was safely attached to the top acting as a guard dog for their kit.

Nick described the dog as the hound from hell with big teeth, sharp claws and.....yeah yeah it was a brown lab with a waggy tail. It seemed to like Brian but took a dislike to poor Nick.

The climbers were fine and the dog carried on doing its guarding. A well intentioned call so back to base.
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Got a call this morning from a very grateful owner. Apparently the dog went missing at about 0930 chasing after a deer. He did not think that the dog had gone over the edge and so spent hours looking all over the cliff tops and fields. He owns a fishing boat in Swanage and was about to take the boat around when the ILB came back in with it.
We found it at baout 1630, so had been on the rocks for a while.
I do understand fully, that any rescue service should/will not put humans lives at risk for an animal, but the conditions were quite calm and a rescue carried little risk. The lady at the Coastguard was a little curt when I said a rescue by the ILB would be a simple task. "Thats for me to decide!"
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The lady at the Coastguard was a little curt when I said a rescue by the ILB would be a simple task. "Thats for me to decide!"
They can be like that... ...actually its for the RNLI Launch Authority to decide and the ILB helmsman on the day - she can only ask them! Still next time you have a suggestion you'll keep it to yourself and she can interrupt the cliff rescue team's afternoon and spend a fortune on helo fuel too...

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I do understand fully, that any rescue service should/will not put humans lives at risk for an animal, but the conditions were quite calm and a rescue carried little risk.
I'm no great animal lover, but it takes little persuasion that (1) its the right thing to do anyway and (2) if you don't do it the owner / some other well meaning sole will put themselves in danger trying to get to it - so best to deploy the resource on the mutt rather than a major search for the owner who fell down the cliff / in the sea.
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BBC News - Dog survives 115ft drop from cliff in Dorset

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Well done 250 knts,

Just seen you deer rescue on Mayday Mayday!

excellent spot!!!
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Well done 250 knts,

Just seen you deer rescue on Mayday Mayday!

excellent spot!!!
Bugger, missed it
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