Dog rescued from Sunderland beach where pet owner died

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A DOG has been rescued after falling down cliffs at the Sunderland beach where a man drowned trying to save his pet.

Fire fighters and Coastguard officers were called to Hendon beach just after 10am to rescue the spring/cocker spaniel cross.

“The fire brigade got there before us to find the dog was only suffering from shock,” said Coastguard spokesman Neil Mearns.

“They walked it down to the south end of Hendon promenade, where they were able to bring it in over the rock armour and reunite it with the owner.”

Thirty-two-year-old Alex Hardy, from Stockton, drowned last month after going into the sea at Hendon, apparently to rescue his dog.

“People just don’t seem to get the message about not letting their dog off the lead next to the cliff edge,” said Mr Mearns.

“We are trying to get the message across – it is the most easily avoidable type of incident that we get called to.”