Dog dies after plunging 60ft off North-east cliffs

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Lifeboat rescuers were called after a dog fell 60ft from cliffs in the North-east.

The Coastguard received a call at just before 12.40pm today from a man who was out walking his dog near cliffs close to Slains Castle, Cruden Bay.

The Peterhead Lifeboat was launched just before 12.50pm and found the dog, which sadly died.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “We received a call about concern for the welfare of a dog which had fallen from the top of the cliffs at just before 12.40pm.

“The Peterhead and Cruden Bay Coastguard vessels were launched along with the Peterhead Lifeboat. The dog was recovered from the bottom of the cliffs.

“The Coastguard vessels returned at 1.45pm.”

A Peterhead Lifeboat Station spokesman said: “The RNLI Peterhead Tamar lifeboat, the Misses Robertson of Kintail, was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 12.46pm with its volunteer crew to recover a dog which had fallen down a cliff at Slains Castle.

“The lifeboat arrived on the scene of the casualty at approximately 1.20pm.

“The lifeboat launched its daughter craft Y boat, which proceeded into the cove at the foot of the cliff where the dog had fallen.

“The crew of the Y boat recovered the dog and returned to the lifeboat.

“The lifeboat then returned to Peterhead with the casualty on board.

“The lifeboat returned to its berth at 2.10 pm. The casualty was then returned to its owner.

“The sea condition was 1-2m swell and wind was NE 12–14 knots.”