Cliff plunge dog rescued by Sunderland firefighters

A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
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A pet dog was plucked to safety in a dramatic rescue after she fell from cliffs in Sunderland.

Firefighters called to incident at Ryhope at shortly after 1pm yesterday, where black border collie Bella had fallen down the cliff face.

A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Two specialist rope rescue crews from South Shields and Hebburn raced to the scene, along with a fire crew from Sunderland Central fire station.

One firefighter, rigged with confined space equipment, descended 20 metres down very steep steps cut into the rock face.

He reassured the dog on the beach and kept her warm until rope rescue equipment was set up.

Another rope rescue operative then descended the cliff face, placed Bella into a canvas bag and brought her back to the cliff top, where she was reunited with her owner.

A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

A firefighter descends down the cliff face at Ryhope, to rescue injured border collie Bella. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Bella was then transported to the local PDSA with injuries to her jaw and right hind leg.

Station Manager Steve Graham, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was obviously a very upsetting incident for Bella and her owner.

“Our highly trained crews acted swiftly and professionally to rescue Bella and bring her to safety.

“We hope that she makes a full recovery.”