Monday, 4 March 2013


This evening a man and his dog slipped and fell down a waterfall, at Ecclesbourne Glen, near Hastings.
Coastguard Rescue Teams from Hastings, and Rye Bay and the RNLI inshore lifeboat from Hastings, attended the scene to locate the casualty. On arrival it became clear that the casualty's dog was extremely frightened, and was hampering the rescue effort by preventing paramedics getting close enough to his owner to assist.

Dover Coastguard arranged for two dog handlers to be transferred to the scene via the Hasting inshore lifeboat. The dog handlers were able to safely remove the animal from the location, enabling the casualty to be airlifted to hospital.

Shoreham Coastguard Rescue Team organised the landing site for the rescue helicopter from Solent. The casualty was then safely transferred to Brighton hospital where he is receiving treatment for a suspected broken leg and head injuries.

Dover Senior Watch Manager Gordon Wise said, "We always encourage members of the public to keep dogs on leads when walking. This was an extremely unusual rescue, the rescue helicopter had to wait for the dog to be removed before the casualty could be recovered. The casualty is now receiving medical treatment and the dog has been reunited with the casualty's partner.