December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
A swimming lifeboatman helped a man and his dog to be reunited today after both got into difficulties on a cliff face at Happisburgh.
Coastguards from Happisburgh and Mundesley were alerted at 11am after hearing that the man had gone down the cliff to try to help his dog, which had fallen over.
Happisburgh’s RNLI lifeboat Spirit of Berkhamsted was also called, offering assistance from the water while the coastguards worked on the cliffs.
But, because of erosion debris on the beach, the lifeboat could not get close enough - and crewman Sean Ferguson swam from the boat to the cliff.
A lifeboat spokesman said: “A man had gone to get his dog, which had slipped down the cliff at Town Gap, Happisburgh. The dog was halfway down the 30ft cliff.
“The man, after an unsuccessful attempt to reach his dog, was stuck closer to the top. Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard cliff rescue team were called and set up their equipment on the cliff, requesting the assistance of the lifeboat at the base of the cliff.”
He added: “The lifeboat was unable to get close into the base of the cliff due to debris of the erosion. Sean Ferguson swam ashore and made his way to the bottom of the cliff. The coastguards were then able to recover the man to the cliff top.
“They then went down to the dog, which was not happy at being put in a rescue bag, so they lowered the dog to the beach and Sean then walked the dog to the new ramp at Town Gap to be reunited with his owner.”
The Lifeboat picked up Mr Ferguson and returned to station.
A Coastguard spokesman said: “Both man and dog were rescued and neither are believed to be injured.”