Dog plunges to death at Kilt Rock

PET owners have been warned to keep their animals on leads near cliff tops after a dog died at the Kilt Rock.

HM Coastguard responded to a 999 call on Friday (Nov 28) that a cocker spaniel had run over the top of the cliff, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Rescue teams from Portree and Dunvegan, plus the Portree RNLI crew, raced to the scene.

A coastguard member was lowered down the 200-ft cliff in the search for the dog.

Kilt Rock: scene of dog's death.

Kilt Rock: scene of dog’s death.

However, the animal’s body was recovered from the water.

Martin Collins, the watch manager for Stornoway Coastguard, said: “This was a very sad incident and a reminder to keep dogs on leads near cliff edges. Even if a cliff appears to be adequately fenced, an excited animal can sometimes find a way through. The people in the party walking the dog did the right thing and called 999 to alert the Coastguard, rather than try to rescue the animal themselves, but unfortunately the dog died in the fall.”

The Coastguard always responds to 999 calls concerning animals to ensure members of the public do not endanger themselves trying to rescue pets.