Lifeboat rescues cliff-plunge dog

RNLI undated handout photo of collie Monty and his owner Haley Mallison with the RNLI volunteer crew who saved him after he plunged 30ft from a cliff face
RNLI undated handout photo of collie Monty and his owner Haley Mallison with the RNLI volunteer crew who saved him after he plunged 30ft from a cliff face

A collie dog was saved by lifeboat crews after it plunged more than 30ft (9m) over a cliff and ended up in the sea.

Four-year-old Monty was on a walk with his owner when he ran off the cliffs at the back of Capstone near Ilfracombe in Devon.

Owner Haley Mallison, who is on holiday from Essex, feared Monty had fallen to his death.

She realised her “lively” dog had luckily just missed rocks at the bottom of the cliffs and was in the water.

Monty, who had fallen around 32ft (9.8m), managed to swim to a small crevasse in the rocks and waited to be rescued.

Ilfracombe’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II, launched at 11.50am yesterday and soon located Monty.

Mark Weeks, volunteer RNLI helm, said: “Monty was very pleased to see us.

“It was a feell-good shout and a delight to reunite him with his owner.”

The rescue was the first for volunteer crew member Neil Daubney.