Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dog Plunges 300 feet And Survives

On a winter afternoon in England, Lia Markwick and Stephen Winslade were taking Poppy, out for a walk. They were walking the dog as a favor to her brother. Out of the corner of Poppy's Eye, she chased a seagull and continued to chase after it, falling 300 feet off of Seven Sisters' Cliff. It had happened so quickly, the couple assumed the worst but when they looked over they saw her dog paddling in the water.

Calling the coast guard, it was their effort with the RNLI, a voluntary rescue organization based in the UK, that helped bring this dog to safety. She was found clinging on a rock and was brought to safety. The odds of the dog surviving was slim to none and here again, yet she survived with only a partially collapsed lung that normalized on its own in 24 hours.

It turned out that she ran after that seagull with enough force that she cleared the beach area underneath so there was enough water to cushion her fall. She also caught the tide at the right point to bring her in close to keep her from drowning. This was truly a miracle.

The owners are thankful that the RNLI and coastguard were able to save her. If you would like to read more about this incredible story, please visit the Daily Mail website.

*Photos from the Daily Mail

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