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‘We looked over the edge and saw this dog about 6ft down’ - Holidaymakers rescue missing pooch from Cromer cliff

12:00 23 December 2015

Derek Shaw reaches out to rescue Millie the border collie. Picture: BEVERLEY SALLIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Derek Shaw reaches out to rescue Millie the border collie. Picture: BEVERLEY SALLIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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This is the dramatic moment when a hero holidaymaker put his life on the line to rescue a precariously-perched dog from peril.

Derek Shaw helps Millie to safety after she got stuck on the cliff edge. Picture: BEVERLEY SALLIS PHOTOGRAPHYDerek Shaw helps Millie to safety after she got stuck on the cliff edge. Picture: BEVERLEY SALLIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Derek Shaw, 54, was walking along the clifftop beside Royal Cromer Golf Club when he and his wife Ann, 53, heard people on the beach below shouting that a dog was stuck.

When he saw five-year-old Millie, a border collie, 6ft down the perilous cliff face, he defied danger and launched a mission to pull the pooch to safety.

He was helped by another holidaymaker, who clung to his legs and he dangled over the cliff.

He said: “We looked over the edge and saw this dog about 6ft down. I grabbed its collar and pulled it back up to safety.”

Derek Shaw (left) from Leicester who rescued a dog off the cliffs near Royal Cromer Golf Course. Pictured with his wife Ann who was also walking along the cliff with him at the time.  Picture: MARK BULLIMOREDerek Shaw (left) from Leicester who rescued a dog off the cliffs near Royal Cromer Golf Course. Pictured with his wife Ann who was also walking along the cliff with him at the time. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

“We called 101 who put us in touch with the dog warden, who contacted the owner. It was really nice reuniting them both. The dog knew straight away and got really excited.”

Mr Shaw, from Leicester, is holidaying with his wife in Cromer, staying on Cliff Avenue.

Beverley Sallis, 59, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, was also on holiday, staying at Cromer Country Club on Overstrand Road, and helped with the rescue.

She said: “I was walking with my husband when we saw a man dangling off the cliff.

Bobby Baker with his dog Millie which fell off the cliffs near the Royal Cromer Golf Course which was rescued by Derek Shaw who was walking along the cliffs on Tuesday. Pictured with his girlfriend Laurel Bowes.  Picture: MARK BULLIMOREBobby Baker with his dog Millie which fell off the cliffs near the Royal Cromer Golf Course which was rescued by Derek Shaw who was walking along the cliffs on Tuesday. Pictured with his girlfriend Laurel Bowes. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

“We then looked over the edge to see the dog, it was literally clinging to the edge of a very precarious, slippy cliff.

“We helped by grabbing Derek’s ankles as he pulled the dog up. The dog was quite young, but didn’t seem fazed by it at all.”

Millie had been missing since 2.30pm on Monday and was rescued yesterday at 11am. It is believed that she had been on the cliff overnight.

She was being taken for a walk by owner Bobby Baker’s cousin Laura Childerhouse, 19, from Swan Close, Aylsham, when she was spooked by an Alsatian and ran away.

Bobby Baker's dog Millie which fell off the cliffs near the Royal Cromer Golf Course which was rescued by Derek Shaw who was walking along the cliffs on Tuesday.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREBobby Baker's dog Millie which fell off the cliffs near the Royal Cromer Golf Course which was rescued by Derek Shaw who was walking along the cliffs on Tuesday. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Mr Baker, 24, from Allison Street, Marsham and his girlfriend Laurel Bowes, 19, from Watton Road, Ashill, then launched a search.

Miss Bowes said: “We contacted the police, vets, dog wardens and radio stations. We also went round giving out posters and our numbers.”

After the ordeal, she was reunited with a tearful Miss Bowes at Overstrand beach.

She said: “I started crying when she came back. Her face when she saw me was lovely. I offered Derek money but he wouldn’t take it and we can’t thank everyone enough for the support in finding her.

“We had people saying they’d seen her throughout the night and I breathed such a sigh of relief when she was finally with us.

“She’s now back and settled and has been asleep for most of the day.”

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5 comments

  • This is becomming an all too frequent occurance, must have happened 4 or 5 times this year. It's a shame that these dog owners are incapable of looking after their dogs. If dogs were kept on leads it wouldn't happen.

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    Mylen1um

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Samphirelover - I for one am glad that not everyone in this country is obsessed with risk & health & safety. At the end of the day whether it's a person or animal in danger someone will have to make a decision for themself if the risks involved in trying to save a life are worth it. Thankfully this man made a decision, took a calculated risk, & saved a life. It's a pity that there aren't more people like him!

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    Bad Form

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • well done sir , very brave of you the cliff edge could have given way.

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    gerry mitson

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • ...how sad, samphirelover, that you are one of those people who would have stood back and said "that's a shame, but it's not worth any human taking any risk to save the dog, humans are SO important..." I expect the rescuer did what could be done to minimise the risk - the risk was obvious - but considered the calculated risk acceptable for the likely benefit - I would have done the same.

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    topsec

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Glad the dog is OK but this could have been a human fatality. He could easily have fallen over the cliff or bit his rescuer. I saw a man try to grab the collar of a large dog which was running loose in heavy traffic and the dog just turned on him and bit his hand! In most cases dogs always find a way out ... Like the dogs who get stuck in icy water and their owner drowns trying to rescue them. Then the dog hops out of the water perfectly fine.

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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