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Dog Chasing A Bird Survives 300-Ft. Fall

British rescuers say a dog that chased a seagull and fell off a 300-foot cliff into the sea has survived with only minor injuries.

Paul Legendre of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution search and rescue service says the springer spaniel was rescued Feb. 14 after it darted off southern England's scenic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.

Legendre says the spaniel fell straight into the sea but there was just enough water to cushion the fall.

He says the owners sought help after they went to the edge of the cliff and saw their pet swim to shore.

Crewmembers aboard a Newhaven lifeboat out recovering the body of a dog that had fallen off the cliffs received a call for another dog that had fallen off Seven Sisters - and was still alive.

"They heard it barking as well, bless it," Legendre said Tuesday.

Two crew members went out to the beach, where the spaniel, Poppy, was huddled against the rockface.

Legendre said the spaniel suffered a shock and a partially collapsed lung but looked in good shape.

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