Canine Castaway - ‘Sprig’ the Springer Spaniel Saved by RNLI After Being Stranded on a Rock for 7 Days
A pet dog has been rescued by a volunteer lifeboat crew a whole week after he disappeared whilst on a walk with his owners - falling down the 300ft sea cliffs of Foreland Point, Devon.
The eagle-eyed RNLI crew first noticed a sheep apparently trapped on the cliffs and sailed closer to investigate. It was only moments before they turned away from the scene that they spotted the stranded spaniel.
‘We went in as close as we could and then we could see it was a dog.’ said Helmsman Andrew Escott, ‘It was about 30 feet above the water and we couldn’t work out how it had got in that position.’
The brave Mr Escott then climbed up the rock to rescue Sprig, who was very happy to see him indeed. A D-Class boat was summoned to lower the precarious pup to safety.
Mark and Susie Sanders - from Wheddon Cross, near Minehead - had launched a major search for Sprig after he disappeared during a walk near the cliffs on the 22nd of August. It was only on returning to Minehead lifeboat station that this became evident and the spaniel was promptly reunited with his worried owners.
Mark Sanders was incredibly grateful to the RNLI after believing that Sprig has been stolen. He said: 'I just could not believe it when we had a call to say the lifeboat crew had spotted him and rescued him. It’s amazing - the best news ever. Bless them.'
Love of water, as well as high stamina and intelligence, is a typical breed trait of the English Springer Spaniel. Let’s just hope Sprig will go to less extremes to get his paws wet next time!
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