Miniature dachshund who fell from 120ft cliff and was missing for two days is miraculously saved after being spotted by a drone
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A miniature dachshund which fell off a 120ft high cliff has been rescued by a drone operator after spending more than two days stuck on a tiny ledge.
Cola, nine, disappeared at around 3pm on Tuesday when owner Ella Derkacz was walking her on a clifftop path and paused to take a picture of the sea in Trimingham, Norfolk.
But after turning around she couldn’t spot her beloved pooch and became convinced the pet had tried to find her way back to their parked car and had got lost in nearby woods.
Local dog owner Joanne Ledger, 55, found Ella crying out for her missing dog, and offered to help her organise a search.
Joanne arranged social media appeals and around 60 local villagers turned out to look for Cola with Ella and her husband Richard over the next two days.
A miniature dachshund which fell off a 120ft high cliff has been rescued by a drone operator after spending more than two days stuck on a tiny ledge. Cola is pictured
Cola, nine, disappeared at around 3pm on Tuesday when owner Ella Derkacz was walking her on a clifftop path and paused to take a picture of the sea in Trimingham, Norfolk.Ella and Richard Derkacz are pictured after reuniting with Cola
Rescued! Cola was found thanks to the help of drone
‘My friend called me after finding Ella in a distraught state while looking for her dog,’ Joanne, who lives at the top of the cliff, said.
‘I came over and helped organise the search because Ella’s English was not that good.
‘She told me that Cola was really timid and might be in the woods. Someone said they thought they had heard some whining in the woods so that is where we started to look.
Five people with drones also joined the search along with a person who had an infra red camera, but no trace of Cola was found.
Fears for the little dog grew on Thursday morning when there was still no sign of her after a torrential thunder storm on Wednesday evening.
Phil James, founder of charity Drone to Home, rescues miniature dachshund Cola after she was trapped for two days on a cliff ledge
Local dog owner Joanne Ledger, 55, found Ella crying out for her missing dog, and offered to help her organise a search. Ella is seen after reuniting with Cola
Joanne finally contacted spotted a website for the charity Drone to Home which specialises in finding lost dogs.
‘My concern was that her harness might have snagged against something and she could have been trapped,’ Joanne added.
‘The owner put out food and left her jumper in the woods which had her scent on it to try and attract her pet.
‘But unbeknown to everyone, she had actually gone down the cliff. I am so pleased that I found out about Drone to Home and contacted them.
The charity’s founder Phil James, a former Metropolitan Police constable, drove for three hours from his home in Nottingham to join the search on Thursday evening.
Cola is reunited with owner Richard Derkacz, he survived as he was ‘slightly overweight’
Phil spotted Cola on the cliff edge and headed to rescue him this week
As soon as he arrived at 6.30pm, he asked Ella about where she had been when she last saw Cola.
Phil, 47, launched his drone from the spot and within two minutes spotted Cola perched precariously on a ledge just over half way down the clay cliff.
He went down to the beach and was able to scramble up the cliff to reach Cola and bring her back down to her relieved owners.
Mr James said: ‘When I arrived at Trimingham, the first thing I did was to get Ella to re-enact exactly where she was when Cola disappeared.
‘She showed me the position where see had been taking pictures out to sea on the clifftop path, and then looked down to see Cola had gone.
‘Normally, her dog does not leave her side, but she convinced herself that she must have tried to make her own way back to her car.
Cola has been checked out by the vet and is now recovering at home
The cliffs at Trimingham where Cola was trapped and miraculously survived for two days
‘I could see a bit of flattened grass right by the edge of the cliff and it made me think she might have gone over.
‘When I got the drone up, I could see Cola perched halfway down within a couple of minutes. She was alive and moving her head around.
‘We all went to the beach and I decided it was safe enough to clamber up to get her. The first thing she did was growl at me, and I spent a few minutes getting close enough to her to put a lead on her harness.
‘I checked her out provisionally and she was absolutely fine, so I slid down the cliff on my backside with her in my arms.
Thanks to the amazing Drone, Cola was spotted on a ledge of the cliff
‘Her owners were naturally overjoyed to be reunited with her.
‘She was slightly dehydrated and needed some water, but had been suffering from exposure to the sea air with the sea salt starting to gunge up her eyes.
‘Luckily she was slightly overweight and that must have helped her survive two nights in the open without anything to eat.’
‘As Phil is a former police officer, he asked all the right questions and managed to find Cola by putting up his drone in the right spot. Everyone had been looking in the wrong place,’ Joanne added.
‘The clay on the cliff had hardened because of the summer sun, so it was rock hard which meant that Phill was able to climb up and get her.
‘It was just fantastic seeing her being rescued. I will never forget it. It was a very emotional moment and everyone was crying.
‘It is incredible that Cola managed to sit so still and not move on such a tiny ledge.’
Cola was checked over by a vet, and found to have escaped with nothing more serious than some scratched paw pads.
She is now recovering with Mr and Mrs Derkacz at their home in nearby Mundesley.
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