Dog survives fall down Babbacombe cliff
NANCY the dog is licking her wounds after taking a wrong turn off the top of a cliff into a quarry in Torquay.
The Great Dane cross (pictured) disappeared off the top of Walls Hill in Babbacombe during what her owners suspect was an enthusiastic pursuit of a rabbit.
A two-hour search involving friends, dog walkers, the fire brigade and local business owners ended when she was found whimpering for help in a thorny bush — hanging precariously above the concrete floor many feet below.
Despite her size and weight, the foliage had managed to break her fall and save her from a much worse fate.
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Frantic owner Terry Brindle, from Kent, clambered up the cliff to bring the grateful animal down.
He had been visiting Torbay relatives Steve and Myra Rogers, when the incident happened.
Dave Arnold, manager of Otter Nursery, opened his premises to allow the search party access to the quarry face.
The owners of E.Wiltshire and Son Concrete Ltd, joined the search with powerful torches and dog-walkers shouted her name.
As Terry climbed over railings and stumbled through thorny bushes his only clue to Nancy's whereabouts was the occasional sorrowful whimper from up the cliff.
"She was lying in some thorn and bramble bush, sort of on her knees when I found her," he said.
He estimates she had fallen between 50ft and 80ft and still had at least another 20ft below to the concrete.
"She was pretty pleased to see me actually," said Terry, who managed to release her from her predicament and bring her to safety.
"I couldn't see anything wrong with her which was a massive relief. In fact, I was the one who was scratched to pieces, my shoes and socks were torn to shreds.
He said two-year-old Nancy was now safe and sound back home.