Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Norman Baum's Paddy Power! Dog Beats Odds to Survive 100ft Fall

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Norman Baum's Paddy Power! Dog Beats Odds to Survive 100ft Fall

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

IS Paddy the Dalmatian the luckiest dog in the world? The three-year-old dog fell more than 100ft off a cliff - but managed to land on a six-foot wide ledge, above a 200ft sheer drop to rocks and the sea below.

But after a complicated five-hour operation in the wind and fog, involving two rescuers inching down the cliff on ropes, Paddy was returned safe and sound to his grateful owner Kelly Bainbridge, from Middlesbrough. Kelly, 33, said: "Without a doubt this was the scariest moment of my life.

"I was with my two boys who are both autistic and my other two dogs, so I had to co-ordinate the assistance and rely on support from my family in Teesside to keep my boys calm over the phone."

Kelly had only been on holiday at the Blue Dolphin near Filey for an hour when she took Paddy, her two other dogs, and her two sons Jacob, 14, and Connor, 12, for a walk along the Cleveland Way.

After a long drive, Paddy had become travel sick and Kelly stopped to adjust his harness - but his lead slipped from her grasp and he disappeared from sight over the 350ft cliff.

Unbelievably, he settled on a ledge, on an underhang beneath the cliff slope, only 6ft wide by 12ft long.

"It is a miracle that he landed there, I still can't explain how he landed there," continued Kelly, from Beechwood.

"My two boys are autistic and they were asking me before it happened, what if the dogs fell? "I had tried to reassure them that it would never happen - but then I had to try and keep them calm when he went over the cliff.

"But they were fantastic. I had to put them on the phone to their nana and send them back to the caravan on their own, with our other two dogs Brynn and Poppy, which I'd never done before.

"I didn't know what to do, I was going to try and get down to Paddy."

The Filey Coastguard team were called to the scene and with colleagues from the Burniston and Scarborough teams, a rope rescue system was established. …

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