A springer spaniel was saved by volunteer RNLI crews after going missing near Foreland Point in North Devon

A dog was rescued by the RNLI on Sunday

after going missing for nearly 10 days near Foreland Point in North Devon.

The springer spaniel named Sprig, went

missing during a walk after becoming trapped on a rock ledge on August 22.

A lifeboat team from Minehaed luckily

spotted the nine-year-old dog in a chance sighting while out on exercise on

Sunday morning.

The crew had taken the boat close into the

cliffs after noticing a sheep that was apparently trapped before spotting

movement some way below the animal.

Helmsman Andrew Escott, said: “We went in as

close as we could and then we could see it was a dog. It was about 30ft above

the water and we couldn’t work out how it had got in that position.”

Mr Escott was able to go ashore and climb

up to the stranded animal before calling Minehead’s D-class lifeboat so the dog

could be lowered to safety.

“He had clearly been there for some time

because he was licking water off my dry suit and he did seem rather pleased to

see us.” 

Following the rescue, it became clear that

Sprig had been the subject of a major search by his owners who were delighted

to be reunited with him.

Mark and Susie Sanders, along with their

family, had organised search parties and scoured the area around Foreland Point

after their dog disappeared during a walk.

Mrs Sanders said: “We were coming to the

conclusion that he must have wandered off and then been stolen. I just could

not believe it when we had a call to say the lifeboat crew had spotted him and

rescued him. It’s amazing, the best news ever.”