Dog rescued from cliff face by firefighter rope crews

Harry the dog was reunited with his owner thanks to the work of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
Harry the dog was reunited with his owner thanks to the work of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

Teams of firefighters worked together to save a dog which had slipped its lead and fallen down part of a cliff.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service sent a specialist rope crew from Seaham and another from Newton Aycliffe to Nose's Point in Dawdon.

A crew member helps Harry back up the cliff face.

A crew member helps Harry back up the cliff face.

It followed a call from the Coastguard at 12.30pm today.

The fire crews used their working at height kit to make their way down the cliff and reach Harry the dog, who had slipped two-thirds down the cliff face.

A spokesman for the service said: "The crews were able to successfully rescue him and reunite him with his owners."

The crews were on the scene until 1.20pm.

Harry pictured safe and well after the drama in a photograph issued by the Coastguard.

Harry pictured safe and well after the drama in a photograph issued by the Coastguard.

Coastguard teams from Sunderland and Seaham attended the call out.

A spokesman for the service said: "Arriving on scene, the fire service line rescue team were in the process of setting up for a rescue so Coastguard officers worked alongside them to recover the dog safe and well to its owner.

"We would remind all dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead when near the cliffs.

"The RNLI lifeboat, which was on passage in the area, stood by to provide safety cover should it have been required."

The County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue appliances on the scene, pictured by the Coastguard team.

The County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue appliances on the scene, pictured by the Coastguard team.

A firefighter scales down to reach the pet.

A firefighter scales down to reach the pet.

Crews from Seaham and Newton Aycliffe worked together on the call out.

Crews from Seaham and Newton Aycliffe worked together on the call out.

The Coastguard teams from Sunderland and Seaham attended the incident.

The Coastguard teams from Sunderland and Seaham attended the incident.

The Coastguard called in the fire service to reach the dog at Nose's Point.

The Coastguard called in the fire service to reach the dog at Nose's Point.

The crew members had a steep cliff to negotiate.

The crew members had a steep cliff to negotiate.