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Rocky rescue for plucky spaniel

Tuesday September 2nd 2014

A springer spaniel missing for more than a week has been rescued after the RNLI spotted him clinging to a cliff ledge on the north Devon coast.

Nine-year-old Sprig had not been seen since Friday, August 22 when owners Mark and Susie Sanders, of Wheddon Cross, near Minehead, lost him during a walk at Foreland Point.

The couple thought they had lost Sprig forever after search parties and a poster campaign failed to locate him.

Fishing boats were asked to keep a lookout and an animal ambulance team also searched for the dog but were unable to find him. Pet Insurance policies often include cover for the costs of advertising for lost animals and even rewards for their safe return.

But a Minehead RNLI lifeboat patrol investigating a possible instance of a trapped sheep noticed another animal on the rocks at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in England.

They rescued Sprig, took him back to the lifeboat station and gave him food and water. It wasn't until later that they learned of the search for Sprig and returned him to his grateful owners.

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