Lucky boy Yogi rescued by lifeboat crew after tumbling off 100ft cliff during walk

The dog is expected to make a full recovery (Picture: SWNS)

A silly spaniel has had a lucky escape after falling 100ft off a cliff and badly injuring himself in a number of places.

But Yogi is expected to make a full recovery after being rescued by the RNLI in Devon.

The dog was found ‘cowering and wet’ in St Mary’s Bay, Torbay, last week, having suffered injuries to his spine, legs and eye.

Rescuers managed to coax him into their arms and onto a lifeboat after he had fallen from the cliff while out for a walk on Tuesday, August 16.

His owner Emily Linehan said: ‘I’m so grateful to the crew. There are no words for how I feel right now.

‘I’m so impressed with how kind everyone was – all the crew were amazing.

‘Yogi wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the RNLI.’

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Footage shows volunteers spotting the stricken pooch from their boat, before climbing up the rocky terrain and trying to comfort him.

The frightened dog is then eventually gently carried on board by crew member Jack Hawkett, before being reunited with his owner and taken to a vet.

Yogi suffered a fractured spine, fractured ribs, nerve damage, and an injured eye – but he is now at home resting.

Emily continued: ‘It looks like he’s going to make a full recovery and will be able to run like he could before.

‘He’s a very lucky boy.’

Yogi fell 100ft off a cliff in Devon (Picture: RNLI/SWNS)
The frightened pup was found shivering and wet (Picture: RNLI/SWNS)
Yogi was gently carried on board (Picture: RNLI/SWNS)
The spaniel landed badly on a slippery rock face (Picture: RNLI/SWNS)

Lifeboat helm James Hoare added: ‘We’re just so glad we found him quickly as he was cold and shaking as well as injured.

‘We wish him all the very best and the fastest possible recovery.’

When visiting the coast with a dog the RNLI’s key safety advice is:

  • Keep dogs on a lead if you are close to cliff edges or fast-flowing rivers.
  • If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, do not go after them.
  • Move to a place your dog can reach safely and call them.
  • If you’re worried about your dog, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

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