Black labrador retriever Pippa has miraculous escape after plunging 100ft of cliff at Durlston Head in Dorset

Pippa with owners Daniel and Katy Pordadge

Pippa with owners Daniel and Katy Pordadge

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A DOG has “miraculously” survived after plunging 100 feet from a cliff top.

Black labrador retriever Pippa fell after dashing away from her Hampshire owners, Daniel and Katy Pordadge.

She crossed two fields and wriggled under a fence before tumbling from the cliff at Durlston Head in Dorset straight into the sea below, narrowly missing the rocks.

Daniel said: “We were some distance away from the cliff top when she made a break for it.

“We're from Hythe, and usually walk in woodland, so I think she spotted the sea and dashed straight for it.”

The 32-year-old added: “We know what she's like - she likes jumping into water, although usually from a reasonable height, but as I ran over I was just hoping that she was sitting there waiting for me.

“When I got to the edge, I couldn't see her, but suddenly I heard her bark. She had gone straight into the water.”

Daniel hailed some nearby rock-climbers and asked if they could use their equipment to reach three-year-old Pippa.

“One of them took my number, and I ran to the lighthouse to call the Coastguard,” he said.

“They arrived in two boats, and by that time, the rock-climbers had managed to get to her.”

Daniel and Katy rushed Pippa to a vet in Poole, but she escaped with just grazes and some tendon damage.

“It's a miracle because she managed to avoid the rocks,” said Daniel.

“It was quite close. She fell into an area where there were no rocks in the water.”

And the experience won't cause Pippa any lasting damage.

“She's doing quite well hopping about on three legs,” Daniel said.

A spokesman from Portland Coastguard said: “In this instance, the dog was being walked quite some distance away from the cliff top.

“However, we'd urge all dog owners walking along the edge of the cliff to keep their dogs on leads.”

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4:21pm Mon 5 May 14

sparkster says...

I am so pleased the dog didnt sustain more damage, the answer I think though to prevent this is when you are walking near cliffs please have the dog on a lead, the extendable leads give dogs plenty of room to run around
I am so pleased the dog didnt sustain more damage, the answer I think though to prevent this is when you are walking near cliffs please have the dog on a lead, the extendable leads give dogs plenty of room to run around sparkster
  • Score: 8

5:49pm Mon 5 May 14

Buntylicious says...

Typical black lab - ours did a huge bellyflop into an ornamental fish pond in a pub garden on the Isle of Wight, straight through the safety netting. We had to make a very swift exit!
Typical black lab - ours did a huge bellyflop into an ornamental fish pond in a pub garden on the Isle of Wight, straight through the safety netting. We had to make a very swift exit! Buntylicious
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Mon 5 May 14

sparkster says...

0h no I love labs they are such characters
0h no I love labs they are such characters sparkster
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Mon 5 May 14

Reality-man says...

stupid idiot dog
stupid idiot dog Reality-man
  • Score: 1

9:57pm Mon 5 May 14

Mary80 says...

A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off
A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off Mary80
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Mon 5 May 14

Zexagon says...

Mary80 wrote:
A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off
How bout just don't take them out?
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off[/p][/quote]How bout just don't take them out? Zexagon
  • Score: -7

11:40pm Mon 5 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Dogs should be on a lead, particularly in unfamiliar surroundings
Dogs should be on a lead, particularly in unfamiliar surroundings BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

6:46am Tue 6 May 14

Lockssmart says...

Mary80 wrote:
A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off
I know. I keep my wife on one.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: A new fangled device called a LEAD comes in handy to prevent creatures from running off[/p][/quote]I know. I keep my wife on one. Lockssmart
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Tue 6 May 14

sparkster says...

sorry Reality-man it isn't the dog that's stupid, dont blame the dog
sorry Reality-man it isn't the dog that's stupid, dont blame the dog sparkster
  • Score: 0

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