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Dog rescued after cliff fall in Blackhall

A family's tiny dog is lucky to be alive after falling from cliffs near a picnic site in Blackhall.

Hartlepool Coastguard were called to the area just after 2.30pm, today, after the alarm was raised.

The rescued dog with its family

The rescued dog with its family

The family dog had fallen about 20-30ft down the bank to the cliff edge.

The team were joined by colleagues from Seaham Coastguard who launched a rescue mission.

After finding the dog, a cliff technician was lowered to the family pet with an animal bag to recover him.

He was then taken down the rocks to his owners. The dog was luckily unharmed.

*Picture and video courtesy of Hartlepool Coastguard