The owner of two dogs that fell 10 feet down onto a cliff edge at Bluebell Hill this morning (Wednesday 2 August), has thanked the firefighters who came to their rescue.
Clare Landi was taking Lurchers, Basil and Flynn for a morning walk when the tale began, shortly before 10.30am. Clare explained that the much-loved pets, who were both originally rescue dogs were being walked in a favourite area when Basil, the smaller one took off and disappeared from view down a path they hadn’t visited before.
Clare said: “I’m not sure whether he was chasing a rabbit but suddenly, he disappeared and went through a hole under the fence where the cliff edges are. I could hear him and so could Flynn, who then shot under the gap to reach Basil.”
Clare started to get concerned and phoned Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), as she was unable to reach the dogs and despite calling them, they didn’t come back.
Station Manager Steve Burwell was initially sent to assess the situation and called for assistance from KFRS’ Technical Rescue Team and Faversham based Animal Rescue Unit. The teams were quickly able to locate the stricken dogs, who were stuck on a ledge.
Steve explained what happened next: “Wearing a harness and safe access gear, a firefighter was lowered down to the ledge where he was able to put the dogs into a harness and bring them successfully back to safety and reunite them with their delighted owner.
“Our teams are specially trained and equipped to deal with this sort of rescue and we’re pleased we were able to help, rather than Clare putting herself in danger trying to rescue her dogs.”
Clare added: “I can’t thank the firefighters enough, they were absolutely brilliant and I’m so grateful that KFRS managed to help.
“The dogs had a precautionary check at the vets after their ordeal, Basil is limping on his back leg and needed an anti-inflammatory injection but hopefully there’s no serious damage.”