Miracle dog survives fall from Seven Sisters

The Argus: Iggy Iggy

A miracle dog who survived after a 300ft fall was paws-itively delighted to say thank you to the volunteers who rescued him.

Claire Morris and Mark Russell feared the worst when their much-loved collie Iggy fell from the top of a Seven Sisters cliff while chasing seagulls.

But, after finding the intrepid pooch cowering at the base of the cliffs relatively uninjured, the pooch was picked up by Newhaven's RNLI lifeboat crew.

To show his thanks, Iggy visited the station on Sunday where he greeted the crew with a woof and a waggy tail.

The RNLI team were thrilled to see Iggy and presented him with an inscribed blanket.

His owners, Claire and Mark said: “The Newhaven lifeboat crew are truly amazing, hats off to all these volunteers for doing a fabulous service and truly making a difference.”

The crew were dispatched in their lifeboat to save Iggy on November 21.

The 300ft drop from the cliff near Belle Tout is the equivalent of the length of a sports pitch.

After being rescued, Iggy was taken to Birling Gap to be reunited with his distraught owners who were similarly awestruck that he had survived.

Phill Corsi, deputy second coxswain said: “It was great to have this happy reunion with Iggy.”

He added: “If you are walking your dog along the cliffs please ensure that they are kept on a lead for their own safety as we have attended many more incidents of this nature this year.

“Iggy was incredibly lucky to survive such a fall; sadly this is rarely the case.”

The collie is not the only dog to have had a lucky escape this year. In May, eight-month-old border terrier Lola was running at Splash Point in Seaford when she spotted a blackbird near the edge of the cliff.

She chased the bird across the green before running straight over the cliff edge, plummeting 150ft into the sea.

Her owner watched in horror as Lola managed to stay afloat for more than 15 minutes in the sea before a rescuer from Seaford Lifeguards put her onto a paddle board.

Miraculously, Lola survived her ordeal, with only slight injuries and a small amount of water in her lungs.

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