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December 16 2013.

A happy reunion took place when Iggy the collie, who fell around 300ft from cliffs near BelleTout, visted Newhaven Lifeboat station with owners Claire Morris and Mark Russell.

The visit was to thank the Newhaven lifeboat crew and Birling Gap Coastguards for saving Iggy, who had been chasing seagulls and ran off the top of the cliff on the 21st of November.   

When the lifeboat arrived at the location it launched its daughter inflatable boat called a Y boat after Iggy was spotted cowering at the base of the cliffs. The Y boat crew made their way to the casualty and one crew member went ashore and recovered the distressed collie.

The crew were amazed that Iggy appeared to be relatively uninjured and he was taken by the Y boat to Birling Gap to be repatriated with distraught owners Claire and Mark.

Mark said: "The Newhaven lifeboat crew are truly amazing. Hats off to all these volunteers for doing a fabulous service and truly making a difference."

Iggy was presented with an inscribed blanket from the crew

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Phill Corsi said: "It was great to have this happy reunion with Iggy today. A serious message though please. If you are walking your dog along the cliffs, please ensure that it is kept on a lead for its own safety, as we have attended many more incidents of this nature this year. Iggy is incredibly lucky to survive such a fall, but sadly this happy ending is rarely the case."