Dog saved from cliff
An abseiling firefighter has come to the rescue of a dog stuck on a rocky clifftop ledge in Murrays Bay.
East Coast Bays firefighters responded to a call from a walker who had spotted the dog from the rocks below at around 12.30pm on October 6.
Worried onlookers watched as the cocker spaniel cross perched on a tiny outcrop of tree roots and dirt around 20 metres above Murrays Bay beach.
Station officer Nick Penfold says they could not locate the dog's owner but a neighbour stepped in to comfort it as they co-ordinated the rescue.
The dog had been stuck for at least 15 minutes by the time they arrived, he says.
"If the dog had moved it would've dropped, to the horror of all the people standing below. Quite a crowd had gathered."
Firefighter Dave Felton scaled part of the cliff using abseiling equipment and retrieved the frightened pooch to cheers from relieved onlookers.
"We don't train to rescue dogs, we're more trained to rescue people in those situations, but we pull out the abseiling gear when we have to," Mr Penfold says.
A witness says he thought the dog had been chasing pigeons and miscalculated the distance to the cliff edge. The dog was returned home by its owner's neighbour.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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