Milo the dog falls 70 feet down Swanage cliff face

A coastguard descended down the side of the cliff on ropes to rescue a black labrador called Milo that had tumbled over the edge on Swanage Downs in Dorset.

Milo had been out for a walk with his owners on Friday 6th October 2023 when he tripped and fell 70 feet down, fortunately landing unharmed on a ledge.

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Coastguard rescue Milo the dog
Swanage Coastguard

The rope technicians set up a system to safely deploy a coastguard over the cliff to rescue Milo

“Specialist dog equipment”

Swanage, St Albans and Kimmeridge coastguard teams responded to the call for help to retrieve the black labrador.

Swanage Coastguard reported:

“The coastguard teams came together to set up their rope equipment and sent a coastguard rescue technician down with the specialist dog equipment.

“Milo was safely recovered from a ledge and brought back to their very grateful owners.”

During the incident the Kimmeridge team were redeployed to the Arne area near Wareham to assist South Western Ambulance Service with a medical incident.

Milo the dog
Swanage Coastguard

Safely on a lead, Milo is happy to be back with his owners

Collapsed 86 year old man

The coastguard was called out again on the following evening Saturday 7th October 2023 after reports that an 86 year old man had collapsed on the beach in Studland Bay.

Teams from Swanage and St Albans along with the police and ambulance crews searched the northern end of the beach, while the coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent assisted from the air using its thermal imaging camera.

Nightime search by helicopter for 86 year old man
Swanage Coastguard

The coastguard search and rescue helicopter shines a search light to guide the coastguard teams to the man

“Carried off the beach using a stretcher”

Swanage Coastguard reported:

“The coastguard teams were guided by the helicopter to the location and then they provided care to the 86 year old until the ambulance arrived.

“Having been assessed, the casualty was then carried off the beach using a stretcher, before being transported to the ambulance parked on the road.”

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