Jack Russell survives falling 40ft off a cliff with no major injuries

George was rescued by volunteers
George was rescued by volunteers (Picture: North News & Pictures)
A Jack Russell terrier is lucky to be alive after tumbling 40ft onto rocks from the top of a cliff. George, aged eleven, went missing while out on a walk between Hartley Bay and Collywell Bay in Northumberland. His owner Phil Hogg, 33, was looking around for him when he spotted him at the bottom of the steep cliff side. The dog, who was a Christmas present to Phil from his parents in 2008, could be seen looking up at them. Phil, who was with his three-year-old daughter Evie, called for help from the coastguard after realising he could not rescue George himself.
Thankfully, the pet was rescued by Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who put him in a carry bag and lifted him to safety.
Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. Pictured is George with owners Phill Hogg, 33, Phil's wife Alison, 30, and children James, 6 and Evie, 3 . See North News story
George with owners Phill Hogg, 33, Phil’s wife Alison, 30, and children James, 6 and Evie, 3 (Picture: North News)
Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. Pictured is George at the bottom of the cliff. See North News story
George at the bottom of the cliff (Picture: North News)
Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. See North News story
He is now recovering at home (Picture: North News)

To everyone’s amazement, he escaped without any serious injuries.

Describing the moment he saw George, engineer surveyor Phil, from Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, said: I was beside myself. I was just shouting at him, and he was looking at me all confused. I was worried he was hurt and I wasn’t with him.

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‘It was just a normal walk, the normal walk we do all the time.

‘I normally put George back on his lead as we approach the grass area but he was just gone.

‘The last place I ever thought he would be was at the bottom of a cliff.

‘I had my daughter with me so I knew climbing down wasn’t an option. My friend came to get her, I just couldn’t think straight.

‘I sent my wife a picture of him and she told me to call the coast guard.’

Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. Pictured are the rocks where he was found. See North News story
The rocks where George was found (Picture: North News)
Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. Pictured is the cliff where he fell. See North News story
The cliff where George fell (Picture: North News)
Dated: 10/12/19 George the Jack Russell dog who miraculously survived plunging 40ft off a cliff on the Northumberland coast. See North News story
George escaped with only a graze to his leg (Picture: North News)
Phil, who is also dad to six-year-old James, and married to Alison, 30, a staff nurse, added: ‘I rang the coast guard at 1.30 in the afternoon and I had George back with me at around 2.30.

‘George is my little best friend, the kids absolutely adore him, I’m not sure how much he adores them when they’re chasing him and grabbing his ears but he is such a happy little dog.

‘It is totally out of character for him. People say Jack Russells chase rabbits but he is the exact opposite, he would normally run the other way.

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‘I don’t know what must have gone through his head.

‘He has been very quiet since it all happened but is being spoiled rotten with chicken and treats.

‘He has got a little limp but we’re just so grateful that he is alright. He had a very minor scratch to his leg and he has been absolutely fine.

‘When I got George back I was holding back the tears. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were amazing, they reassured me.

‘I felt like I wasted their time. It might seem silly to some people to get someone to rescue a dog, but they were brilliant, they said it happens all the time and I wouldn’t be the last.’