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Dog survives 150ft cliff plunge

Tuesday June 28th 2016

A dog has miraculously survived a 150ft plunge off a cliff.

Nine-year-old Jack was chasing after a rabbit when he suffered the ordeal in the South Devon village of Noss Mayo, outside Plymouth. But he is back with his keepers only two days after the fall, thanks to explorers who found him marooned in an unreachable cove beneath them.

Coastguard rescuers and RSPCA officers were summoned and the Jack Russell was brought back up unhurt in a special animal bag. Microchip scanning helped trace Jack to keepers in Ludlow, Shropshire, who are staying in the Devon town of North Tawton.

The RSPCA says he is "extremely fortunate" to have been seen as he would not have otherwise survived. The animal charity says the case proves the worth of microchipping dogs.

The UK Coastguard's Nic Longsdale strongly recommends that all dog owners keep their pets on leads during cliff-top walks to avoid similar accidents.

Copyright Press Association 2016