A dog trapped on a cliff edge was winched to safety by a 20-strong team of rescuers after it bounded away from its owners during a walk in Cornwall.
Two Coastguard rescue teams and a lifeboat were called to retrieve the dog after it fell down the cliff face Photo: SWNS
Wallace, a partially deaf 12-year-old cocker spaniel, kept falling back as it tried to climb the cliff, and could not hear its owners calling for it.
Two Coastguard rescue teams and a lifeboat were called to retrieve the dog after it fell down the cliff face at Towan Head, Newquay, Cornwall.
The dog and another cocker spaniel, 18-month-old Millicent, had disappeared as they accompanied their owners, Elaine and Ian Stewart, on a headland walk.
Mr Stewart, the mayor of Gillingham, Dorset, and his wife had stopped for lunch and a walk while travelling to visit friends.
Mrs Stewart, 50, said: "Both dogs were playing and rolling around. They bounded off over the top of the ridge and down a path.
"I called them back but only Millicent came. We then looked over and could see Wallace stuck on the cliff face, trying to climb up the vertical slope. He kept getting so far up and then falling back."
Mrs Stewart then alerted coastguards. "I realised that he was totally stuck and there was no way I could go and get him," she said.
"I felt a bit silly calling the coastguards and telling them my dog was stuck on the cliffs."
David Pettigrew, a Coastguard rescuer from Newquay, brought the dog to safety after being lowered down on a rope in an hour-long operation.
David Bulley, Newquay Coastguards station officer, said: "Dave was lowered down to the animal, where he spent a few minutes making friends with him. He gained his confidence and they became mates.
"When he felt comfortable he managed to get the dog in safety gear and winch him back up to the top."
Dog winched to safety after cliff fall - Telegraph