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Pictures capture puppy’s dramatic rescue from halfway up White Cliffs of Dover

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Original article from Kent Live

Incredible pictures have captured the dramatic moments when a puppy was rescued from halfway up the White Cliffs of Dover.

Coastguard teams from Folkestone and Langdon Bay were scrambled to the cliffs near Capel-le-Ferne on Monday (August 16).

Barney the puppy had been reported missing by his owner two days earlier on Saturday.

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HM Coastguard Folkestone said they were called to look to help for him while out on patrol on Sunday.

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But it was not until lunchtime on Monday when a man walking along the beach at the bottom heard Barney's terrified cries.

The coastguard rescue team said: "A gentleman walking along Mungo's beach in the Warren heard him crying up the cliff.

The view down to where Barney was stuck

"By deploying two of the team to the beach in the Warren and two edge safety officers at the top of the cliff, we were able to spot Barney and set up and deploy a rope rescue technician over the cliff to rescue him.

"He was secured safely into our purpose-designed animal rescue bag and taken down the cliff.

Coastguard officer works their way to the bottom with Barney on board

"He was driven back to Abbots Cliff to be reunited with his very worried but now happy owner, seemingly none the worse for his ordeal."

The story of how Barney ended up on the cliffs suggests he had a truly lucky escape.

Barney and the coastguard team safely at the bottom

According to comments from people who seemed to know his owner, Barney was on a lead and bolted after a fox.

It caused the lead to slip in his hand and Barney disappeared over the cliff edge.

Barney had a very lucky escape

Apparently though it was the lead that saved him – as it got caught up in a bush halfway down the cliffs and and stopped him falling further.

The social media post detailing the dramatic rescue has proved hugely popular, receiving almost 700 likes and hundreds of supportive comments.

HM Coastguard Folkestone ended it with a word of warning to pet owners: "If your beloved pet goes over a cliff please do what Barney's dad did and call us, don't try and rescue them yourself.

"Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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