A dog sparked a dramatic rescue operation after plunging 30ft into the sea. An RNLI lifeboat was scrambled to save Patterdale Terrier Archie after he fell over the edge of a cliff at Walton Backwaters in Essex.
The dog's owner Maxine Rule, who was also walking her partner's dog Lexi, told the Colchester Gazette: "Both dogs ran across the field, Archie got to the edge, stopped and then just went over. Lexi didn't follow, but was looking for another way down.
"When I ran over, I could not believe the drop and thought he must be dead."
The inshore lifeboat from Harwich lifeboat station was on its way back from a fundraising event when it was contacted by Thames Coastguard during the incident earlier this month, an RNLI spokesman said.
Crewman Darren Priestnall plucked six-year-old Archie from the water and waded back to the shore to reunite him with his owner.Suggest a correction