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Raw Video: Spaniel survives 300ft cliff plunge

By jim Published: February 23, 2010

A springer spaniel survived a 300ft (90m) fall into the sea, after jumping off cliffs on the East Sussex coast to chase a seagull.

Poppy ran over the edge of the Seven Sisters cliffs at Brass Point during a walk, but managed to swim to shore and was picked up by a lifeboat crew.

The dog's owners, Kelly Ixer and Ben Markwick, from Ansty, said they were "indebted" to the lifeboat team.

Poppy was treated for a partially collapsed lung, but has now recovered.

She had been out walking with Mr Markwick's sister and her partner Stephen Winslade.

Mr. Winslade, 31, said: "She ran to the edge and just disappeared.

"She is really well-trained and well-behaved, but I think she ran so fast there was no chance of her stopping.

"I threw myself down and looked over the edge and saw her paddling."

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