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Dog safe after 50ft cliff plunge
Jasper
Jasper had been chasing rabbits when he fell near Newquay
A dog had to be rescued by a lifeguard after falling down a 50ft cliff in Cornwall while chasing rabbits.

Jasper, a whippet-spaniel cross, went missing on Thursday while walking with his owners, Clifford and Joan Day from Worcestershire, at Pentire Point.

Summa Calaghan, an RNLI lifeguard at Crantock, went paddling out on her rescue board to check the bottom of the cliffs for signs of Jasper.

She found him shivering in a cove on a rocky ledge.

'Great job'

Clifford Day said "He went charging past us like a rocket and just didn't come back.

"After looking for him for about an hour, we thought that was it, we wouldn't see him again."

Two-year-old Jasper had been missing for about two hours when Ms Calaghan went out on her board to look for him.

After searching the bottom of the cliffs for some time she eventually found him two metres above the water on a ledge.

Ms Calaghan said: "I couldn't get the board close enough, so I left it on a rock whilst I approached him.

"I thought he might have broken his legs, but then he tried to run away so I knew he wasn't badly injured."

She then paddled out with Jasper to Rodney McDonald, an RNLI lifeguard at Restormel, who was waiting in the inshore rescue boat about 30 metres out from the cliffs.

Jasper was then reunited with his grateful owners.

Mr Day said: "He is doing remarkably well after his ordeal. He had a few cuts and scrapes but is back to his usual self.

"Summa's persistence saved his life, she really did a great job."


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