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Saturday, January 18, 2014
A pet pooch had a lucky escape after it became stuck in brambles on a steep cliff after it went hunting for pheasants.
Gemma, the 12-year-old Gordon Setter, was rescued from a quarter of the way up the cliff on Cromer east beach by about 12 Coastguard cliff rescue volunteers from Mundesley, Happisburgh, Cromer and Sheringham this morning (Saturday).
Her owners Stella and Roy Butfield, from Arbor Road, Cromer, watched while she was put in a special bag and carefully lowered down to the beach by ropes and teamwork.
The rescue took just over two hours but luckily for Gemma, she was not seriously injured and was happy to be reunited with her owners.
After the rescue, Mr Butfield, 80, said: “I’m very relieved. She can have her breakfast now. The call of pheasants was too strong. The team was brilliant, especially going through the brambles.”
Gemma went missing during her daily morning walk along the cliff path above the beach, from Cromer to Overstrand, at about 10.15am.
She was off the lead at the time but Mr Butfield said the dog did not normally go very far away from him and the accident was a “one-off”.
He was walking his other Gordon Setter pet, six-year-old Casper, at the time and described him as the more adventurous dog out of the two.
Another dog walker spotted Gemma in the brambles barking and called the Humber Coastguard, who alerted the local teams.
Mr Butfield’s wife Stella, 74, rushed to the beach after hearing what had happened to her pet.
“She is usually pretty good and trots along,” Mrs Butfield added.
Gemma was carried along the beach in the bag used for her rescue because she was limping slightly.
Paul Stone, from Cromer Coastguard, who helped the animal down said the team had worked well together.
This was the third dog rescue in a month on the north Norfolk cliffs - the previous two have been at Happisburgh.
Mundesley and Coastguards were called on Sunday January 12 after a 10-year-old partially sighted Lhasa Apso called Dolly fell down Happisburgh cliff.
Keith Griffin, station officer for Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard team, said dog owners should keep their pets on leads when walking on cliffs.