Coastguard rescues father, son and dogs stuck on cliff

Coastguard rescues father, son and dogs stuck on cliff

An Easter trip in Fairlight did not go as planned for a father, son and their four dogs, where they were cut off by the tide and then stuck on a cliff.
HM Coastguard volunteer coastguard rescue officers stood with the father, son and dogs rescued. In the distance, a coastguard rescue vehicle and the ocean are visible.

Luckily a quick call to the Coastguard followed by a rope rescue got them back to safety.

At around 12.30pm on Friday, 7 April, HM Coastguard responded to reports of two people and four dogs stuck on a cliff in the Fairlight area.

The group had been cut off by the tide so decided to climb the cliff. Here they got stuck and called the Coastguard for assistance.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bexhill, Hastings and Rye and the Duty Coastal Officer were sent to the scene, where everyone was recovered by a successful rope rescue.

Senior Coastal Operations Officer Mike Kerley said: “This challenging incident had a great outcome due to the professionalism and teamwork of the Coastguard Rescue Teams.

“We’d like to thank the local community which came together and supplied the rescue teams with teas and coffees, ensuring the teams stayed hydrated.”

We are always ready to respond to incidents and Easter was no exception, but it is so important to always be prepared for a trip to the coast.
Mike Kerley, Senior Coastal Operations Officer

Mike added: “Check weather and tides before you set out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back, and take a fully charged mobile phone. 

“If in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Visit our coast safety page for more safety tips when heading to the coast.

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